In the Suspended Stillness

The weighty gray clouds linger in the morning sky, creating an artificial tent about us. Sight is limited and the mind wonders when will the rain, thunder and winds begin.

Yet in the suspended stillness, the birds are still chirping, the squirrels continue to scamper, the creek is slowly flowing and the rabbits nibble in the clover. The hawk watches imperiously from the barn’s pinnacle.

In suspended stillness, life continues. But in the quickness of a moment, life can be upended and changed forever.

Passion was suspended as the Servant knelt and the war between pride and humility began.  In the intervening confusion some were silent and blindly submitted while others voiced their objections and piety.  It has been written that pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.  It has been written that when pride comes then comes shame, but with the lowly is wisdom.  So the Servant knelt in wisdom at that appointed time and at the appointed time the Servant was raised from the lowest position of all.

A feast was prepared as if there was a celebration but was it in honor and in greatness or was it truly in preparation for death’s despair?  The Servant submitted like unto a patient to those who possessed knowledge and authority to rectify a perceived blasphemous situation.  The Servant indeed was submitted to the powers that be, yet the Servant remained surrendered to the will of the Omnipotent One.

Soon the moments churned with rage and with pride as the authorities and the mob demanded a life.  Prolonged moments displayed brutality and torture for the value of humiliation to their elevated importance.  Death was witnessed and suddenly, the eyes of many were opened to the Truth who was before them.

In suspended stillness, life continues.  The weighty gray clouds may at the moment linger, creating an artificial permanence. Sight is limited and the mind wonders when will the rain, thunder and winds begin.

But in the quickness of a moment, life can be upended and changed forever.

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