There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46
This week launched with a road trip, with Rebekah and I participating in virtual worship and sharing communion with our WFPC family while driving the Natchez Trace Parkway last Sunday morning; then it concluded Saturday with a round of golf at the beautiful Henderson CC. Along the way life continued on its course, against the unsettling backdrop of a pandemic and racial tension.
Saturday morning the weekend men’s group talked about Psalm 46, one of my favorites, and I was struck by the deep truth held in the assurance that God is prepared to meet me in the middle of whatever craziness surrounds us, if only we take the time to center ourselves – “cease striving”, according to one translation – and simply receive The Presence.
This is essentially what happened with the few hours I spent playing golf with my friends Jane and Ray. We relaxed into what amounted to one more late spring day of perfect weather, breathed in the fresh air, and gratefully received the gift of knowing – on a deep level – that God is God and we are recipients of grace.
So here are a few photos from the week. From golf to car repairs to flowers to the Miami family to my parents taking a walk. It’s all good.
And don’t forget to sign in to church at 10:00 this morning. Virtual worship is rich, authentic, engaging, and real. It’s also a great opportunity to check things out at WFPC and still stay in your pajamas!
Be still – cease striving – and know that God is God.
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.