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The photo has been in my text messages for a few weeks. It spoke to me deeply when I first saw it and has continued to speak to me since. Some conversations are had without a single word and I thank God for a cousin whose gift and encouragement often comes from behind the lens of a camera.

This weekend a few of us went and received our first dose of the vaccine. This is not a post to debate whether or not to vaccinate. It is a post about letting God direct our steps, decisions, and give His peace.

The decision was a hard and weighty one for us to make. The age and multiple comorbidities of family members made the decision a difficult one. So did apprehension, as we all heard and read of adverse reactions and side effects. It took weeks of struggling emotionally and mentally to make the decision to secure appointments. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.”
(Proverbs 3:5-6, NASB)

The verses had been before me, pretty much since the beginning of the year, often at the forefront of my thoughts in weighing the decision. Options were weighed each day, and my heart was not settled, not in peace. 

The arrival of the photo, however, began to turn the tide. This swan was in the water, totally calm, enjoying the day which surrounded him.

I opened to the photo several times, wondering what I was missing, asking the question, “What am I to learn from this swan?”

After asking the question, I began to notice the the ripples which surrounded by feathered friend. They were completely around him, yet he remained in his same peaceful posture.

“He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul. ”
(Psalm 23, NASB)

The words flowed together instead of the indicated verse breaks. As He leads us to still waters, even the ripples in life will not upset, overturn, or overtake us. It is in His still waters that our souls find restoration and remain in peace.

It’s been a hard year for us all. It’s been called unprecedented, historical, and life-changing. But in this year of change, He has remained unchanged. He has remained faithful. He has remained our shelter. He has remained our guide. He has remained God.

The decision was not an easy one as some would agree, and some would disagree. But this was not a debate but a decision led by the guidance of a faithful God and the peace He gives in the midst of decision making.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
(Mother Teresa)

And so, we cast our stones in the hopes of making a ripple. A ripple of change that will keep us and others safe. And healthy.



It saddens me deeply to see how divided we have become on so many issues. Barbara Harper reminds us to be a grace-filled people who “keep in mind God’s glory and our neighbor’s good.” Read her entire post HERE.

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 Photo taken by: David Tommasino
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