The Still Axis
Have you ever had a moment while watching the morning news when you just become overwhelmed by all that is going on in the world? Earthquakes, monstrous storms, terrorist actions and world politics can be alarming to our souls. Add to that personal life stresses like a too busy schedule – or even good things such as the impending arrival of a new baby – and our souls are set spinning!
During times like this, I’m reminded of words that I read in a book entitled “Gifts from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindberg (click here for the book). She writes about the importance of having a ‘still axis’ in our lives. Lindberg shares: “The still axis. It is able to maintain center no matter how fast the wheel is turning. It is, in fact, what keeps the wheel turning. Without the axis being still, the wheel would wobble off or else bid up and bring everything lurching to a stop. Stillness is what gives us stability. And it’s what keeps the wheels from falling off our lives.”
As Christians we look to God to be the ‘still axis’ in our lives and to provide the peace that comes as we center in Him. Psalm 46:10 reminds us “be still and know that I am God.” He is the still axis in our lives that brings peace and order. John Greenleaf Whittier penned the words to a song in our Salvation Army songbook that become a prayer for us:
“Drop Thy still dews of quietness
Till all our striving cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.”
The still axis for our soul – Christ Jesus! He brings order and peace in the chaos of life. He offers the beauty of His peace. God’s Word reminds us: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7
When your soul is spinning, be still – claim Him as the still axis in your life and allow His peace to center and calm your heart.
Written by Colonel Paula Johnson, Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries