On a recent morning, I was privileged to sit on a cottage porch looking out over Mobile Bay. The first rays of sunlight illuminated the gentle movement of the waves. It was quiet and calm. The old oyster fishermen who live on the bay often call this a ‘slick cam’ morning. Slick cam is a time-worn corruption of the phrase ‘slick and calm’. This morning it was ‘slick cam’ on the bay.
Quiet calm is a rarity in the days in which we live. For most of us, our daily lives move at a torrid pace. We seldom have time to settle down and enjoy a few minutes of solitude in the presence of the Lord. Cell phones calls and texts are constant. E-mails and social media posts crowd in on us at every waking moment.
At the same time that we are experiencing the noisy, hectic tempo of life, we see across our culture disturbing symptoms of trouble. Alcohol consumption and drug addiction touch nearly every family. Anger issues, child abuse, and the crumbling family unit seem to be signs of the time. Suicide rates are staggering. Mental health concerns are at an all-time high. Instances of sexual exploitation and molestation are reported on almost every newscast.
Let’s assume the role of ‘Captain Obvious’ for a moment and ask, “Could these situations be connected?” There is little doubt in my mind. When a person or culture leaves God out of the equation in a headlong pursuit of self-centered happiness, chaos follows. When life gets chaotic, we need to find the time and place to be still in the Lord’s presence. If we do not ‘come apart’ to be with the Lord, we will ‘come apart at the seams’ as a person or as a culture.
That morning the quiet calm on the bay spoke peace to my heart. The Lord had led “me beside the still waters. He restored my soul” (Psalm 23:2-3).
God’s word says: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10, NKJV). The Voice Translation of this verse adds insight: “Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God” (Psalm 46:10, VOICE).
Prayer: May this be a ‘slick cam’ day for my soul and your soul. Let us be still, be calm and see. Lord, we need to understand anew that you are the True God, the Author of Peace.
~ Brother Roy