Quiet Waters – Touch
Many of the babies in our family liked holding the satin end of a blanket, Granny’s scarf, or something nice and silky. My daughter wanted to hold my hair or her own and twirl it. (This resulted in her having half her hair cut off by her father, due to a knot, therefore she had to have a side ponytail for a year, but that is a story for another day.) The point is that we all have something we touch that brings us comfort. We also have things we don’t like to touch. My friend has a terrible aversion to velvet and can’t be near it. My brother always said he had a “feel” in his sock. My daughter said her flannel sheets made her feet too soft (not sure what that means.)
We all have our likes and dislikes.
It is very important to know what we like and what comforts us, so that we can put that in our Toolbox for Coping. Take your “Quiet Waters” moment this week to think about what you touch or hold that comforts you. Quietly sit and breathe deeply as you imagine whatever it is. It may be something you don’t have access to any longer, but you can feel it and be comforted through your memories. Or perhaps it is something you have neglected and can start doing again. Maybe it is holding a smooth stone to remind you of your strength. Or maybe it is the silky feel of a rose petal as you remember that we all have opportunities to bloom again each day.
In Mark 3:29, we read a diseased woman said, “If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I will be healed.”
Perhaps, imagining reaching out and touching the hem of the garment of Jesus. Whatever it is that you can touch, or imagine touching that brings you hope and comfort, take the time to stop beside your quiet waters and enjoy it.