God, The Earthworms, And Me

September 1, 2004
by Martha Mitchem Graham

Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (ASV)

Don't we all need more quiet times to be still and listen to our heavenly Father when we pray?

One recent morning, before breakfast, I crawled out of bed and went straight into my yard to tackle a task left unfinished. It was not long before streams of light began to come from the heavens, and there was a coolness in the air with a slight breeze — so refreshing!

As I pushed my shovel into the earth and uncovered the worms, I tried not to cut into any of them, because they are so useful in the soil. Also, I was thinking that it was too bad that, with the plentiful supply of earthworms for bait, there was nobody around who wanted to go fishing. I used to take my two young sons many years ago. These days, I long for such quiet times of simple pleasure.

For me, there is nothing like being alone with God that early in the morning. It was so still and quiet; it felt like there was only God, the earthworms, and me. I talked to Him the whole time I was working, thanking Him that I am still able to work, that I have a nice yard in which to work, and that He has created all of nature for His children to enjoy and tend. My soul was calmed as I listened to that still small voice within.

My alone time working in the yard this morning reminded me of those long ago days. It is good sometimes to get aside from everything and to talk to God. As the Scripture says, "Be still and know that I am God." He is much more evident in the stillness and the quiet times. We all need more quiet times these days.

I wish I could go fishing again!

Prayer: Dear gracious and loving Father, thank You that You are with us no matter where we are. Help us to be still before You, and to allow You to minister to us in your wisdom. Help us to know that it is not by our strength that we live but by Your every word. Thank You for loving us, for saving us, and for being all-sufficient for our every need. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Martha Mitchem Graham <mitchem@carolina.rr.com>
Cherryville, North Carolina, USA

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