The world spins quickly. That’s not just a scientific statement, it’s a fact of life. A fact about life. Yet as Christians, we’re promised life and peace in the Holy Spirit regardless of the spinning. “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
And yet, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the things of this world. While we don’t become hermits, we do need to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We need to focus on what is good, noble, pure, lovely, excellent, praiseworthy (Phil. 4).
In The Peace of the Wild Things, poet Wendell Berry says it this way:
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Because of Jesus Christ, we are recipients of an immense grace. He leads us beside still water (Ps. 23). We can rest in the grace of His world, and be free.