I love movies, especially war dramas. One of my favorites is “Master and Commander” with Russell Crowe. One of the most eerie scenes I’ve ever viewed was in this movie. It wasn’t eerie-scary, but eerie-strange.
They had been pursuing a privateer ships that was wreaking havoc on English merchant ships. The action and battle have been pretty intense up to this point. All of a sudden we are greeted with this strangely calm sea. In the middle of the ocean, the water is absolutely still -strangely still. The ship is not moving at all. Now wind, no current – still. The stillness is taxing on them. It irritates them. They are agitated. They struggle to remain sane. They begin to look for something to blame for the eerie stillness.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ( Romans 15:13 )
Sometimes, things in my life seem eerily still. I wonder if these times are actually a gift from God. Time for the soul to rejuvenate. If I concentrate on seeking God’s face in these times, rather than filling the silence with my cries, maybe I’ll know the value of the gift. Maybe I will find hope there. Maybe it won’t seem so eerie when I ask God to sit with me there. Maybe it won’t seem so eerie when I pray for such stillness.