Peggy Byland

Read: Psalm 62:5-7

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. (v. 5)

Spending time in DeTour, Michigan, means time spent out of doors. One sunny day, Isa and I walked the DeTour State Forest Campground trail to St. Vital Point. Much of the trail wandered through forests, but every so often the trail opened onto a deserted, beautiful, sandy beach. It was on one of those beaches that I unhooked Isa’s leash and sat down to enjoy the view. As Isa sniffed unusual scents, I watched freighters exiting or entering DeTour Passage.

It was, undoubtedly, the most inspiring of my time in DeTour; a sight I have captured and I hold in my visual memory. The silence was pervasive and the peace of God powerfully present. I sat on a big rock and raised my face to the heavens. I deeply breathed in God’s grace. It was there in my silence, I listened to God speak.

Often in the Scriptures, God reminds us to be still, to be silent. And so often life is run in the fast lane and silence eludes us. Why is it we defer to life’s busyness and not life’s solitude where we find healing and restoration for our souls . . . It is good to be silent before the Lord who alone is our salvation. It is in silence that we calm our thoughts and gain our balance. In silence we find our rock and fortress from which we will not be shaken. —Peggy Byland

As you pray, tell the Lord he is your rock and quiet beach. Ask him to let you find your rest in him.