Holy spirit. Peace divine!
Still this restless heart of mine;
Speak to calm this tossing sea,
Stayed in thy tranquility.—S. Longfellow.
We used to own a hyperactive dog named Chewbacca, after the Star Wars character. “Chewey’ was anything but calm. I can still hear Suzy saying in a forceful voice, “Down! Chewey. Down!” Occasionally when the grandkids are climbing walls the words come out as a matter of habit — “Down, Chewey!” Unfortunately the result of her words of discipline, for the dog or the grandkids, is usually no more than a moment’s calm.
I don’t know too many humans as restless as Chewey, but everyone of us has moments of anxiety in our work life, our personal life, and in our spiritual life. In that regard, T.C. Upham cautions, “He who is in what may be called a spiritual hurry, or rather who runs without having been sent, makes haste to no purpose.”
It is both physically and spiritually unhealthy to fret and worry. Whenever we are outwardly excited about a message from the spirit we should cease to act until we can drop down and execute with calmness. A morning meditation brings calm to your “tossing sea,” and stays you in “tranquility.”