A guest Post by: Debbie Yohn
A song of ascents. Of David.
1 My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content. 3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord (Psalm 131 1-3)
Cancer is one word that sends shutters through your heart, mind, and spirt when as you get the diagnosis. I just received that diagnosis, I heard those words. As a nurse I know enough to let my imagination get the best of me, by asking “what is next’ on this long marathon that I am getting ready to endure.
This Psalm captured me today because I teach relaxation to new moms and dads as part of their childbirth adventure. I always tell them; relaxation is a choice. Taking time to stop, catch your breath and regroup is a great way to recharge your body during childbirth. Yet over the years, I have found it to be a tool for life, if you truly practice it.
Science has discovered that deep relaxation releases oxytocin and endorphins into the blood stream causing the body to feel calm and a deep wellbeing, much like a welcomed hug. The visual revealed in this Psalm is that of a weaned child who is curled up on his/her mom’s lap, needing nothing more than the pure soaking in of her love.
I have nursed and weaned three children, so this resonates deep in my soul because, as a mom, you only do what is in the best interest of your child. Weaning them from milk and getting them ready for the next adventures in life is part of the process.
Today I am reminded to relax with the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, and soak in all the healing that He provides. Healing that is not only for the body but available for mind, spirit and soul. The Word of God encourages me to enjoy the quiet of His warm embrace. It is in the rest and relaxion we need to find deep healing as we embrace the call to come and calm ourselves as a weaned child.