May 9, 2013 § 7 Comments
The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled
If you’re a fan of Seinfeld you will automatically hear Mr. Costanza’s exuberant voice shouting “Serenity Now!” in your head as soon as you saw the title of this blog. And if you are on this DRC adoption road with me, you will be wanting to scream this succulent phrase as well. One, two, three…let it out!!
Turns out the timing for Melissa Taylor’s Online Bible Study (OBS) on stressed-less living hit me smack dab between the eyes. I hadn’t felt stressed when I started the OBS about a month ago, but God knew hoo would be needing it and when.
Here is some background for those of you hoo are reading this on the OBS blog hop. My handsome hubby and I have been toiling away at an international adoption now for 2 years and 8 months. Last week we were a step away from the finish line and almost had our sweet little girl at our finger tips—when the finish line got moved. Now it is out of sight and we are shouting for serenity (now!) instead of spouting shouts of victory.
The DRC program has come to a screeching halt while some investigations into unethical adoptions are being made. As I read these news notices, some of the Bible verses that I’ve been memorizing over the last weeks come to the forefront of my mind.“In repentance and rest is your salvation and in quietness and trust is your strength…” (Is.30:15)
As good as it feels to scream and let it all out while things don’t go our way, there is a core strength in remaining quiet—and even in resting.
There is a Hebrew word menuha that means “tranquility, serenity, peace and repose.” Abraham Joshua Heschel describes this word in his book The Sabbath:“Just as heaven and earth were created in six days, menuha was created on the Sabbath. ‘After the six days of creation–what did the universe still lack? Menuha…which we usually render with ‘rest’ means here much more than the withdrawal from labour and exertion, more than freedom from toil, strain or activity of any kind. Menuha is not a negative concept but something real and intrinsically positive…to the biblical mind menuha is the same as happiness and stillness, peace and harmony…the essence of good life is menuha”
Is it possible to have menuha in the midst of stressful circumstances? I believe it is. And I am so grateful for this provision.
May your mountains be molehills and your menuha be much!