I was on Facebook the other day, chatting with a good friend and arranging a day to catch up. We agreed on a date and then I flicked her the question: ‘Where should we meet?’
It was a while before I received her reply because I had to get off Facebook and attend to life in the real world. But when I finally clicked open her response there were just two words:
A variety of thoughts ran through my mind at this; was our last meeting place too busy? Is her life particularly stressful these days? Would beside the river do the trick? etc.
The more I thought about it – and I’ll admit to probably overthinking it because that’s something I’m rather gifted at doing! – the more I realised that ‘calm’ is probably something we need more than we admit to.
Calmness is something of a rarity. We’ve become so familiar with rushing about, squeezing this and that into our schedules. When hard times come we fret and worry, percolating ‘what if?‘s and anxiety. In the easy times, we cram more ‘blessings’ in. But calmness is a relative of Peace who is the Sister of Trust. And even when we don’t think we need it – when we think it must be our friend who needs it – we probably need somewhere calm more than ever!
So, tell me, where’s your ‘Somewhere calm’? And what’s it like for your heart to be there?