Wednesday, June 13, 2012

in the tranquil

Tranquility grows more precious to me as I grow older; as every day passes.  I love to dwell in the silent fields where wildflowers bloom, creeks gurgle, and dragonflies hover. The peace and serenity of an open garden gate calls to me more loudly than dark movie theaters and gossip with neighbors ever could. To escape, even for a moment, from the ringing clamor of daily life is relief like no other: the teenage drama, the jealousy, the squabbles, the boy-talk, the ever-chatting voices that whine and warble and snap and sometimes begin to sound like yipping Chihuahuas. 

It's not that I don't love people--I do. I enjoy conversations, I enjoy friends, I enjoy gatherings, movies, music, laughter, the pleasure that comes with being loud and silly every once in awhile. It's just that lately people have seemed louder, talk has seemed more meaningless, and the world is appearing more and more fake.  

It's just that there is an unmistakable pleasure in silence that comes every once in awhile, too. 

But I don't live in a dreamboat world. Lying on my back in a white dress in a wooden canoe with rose petals floating beside me in the crystal waters is purely the stuff of Pinterest. And in this life, I won't get anywhere if I let myself trail my hands in a lake all day long. It has to come in snatches. 

It doesn't have to be in a field surrounded by wildflowers, it can simply be you huddled in your tiny closet, talking to God for ten minutes. It can be stepping outside for a mere moment to catch your breath on a long an busy day. 

Life can so easily blot God out. I can so easily blot God out. And without God, there is no true reaching of tranquility. Peace can be felt in a boat, in a field, in a white or blue or peachy dress. But true serenity begins in the heart, and where God abides. 

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another,agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
[2nd Corinthians 13:11]


  1. I love your perspective of things in your photos :) Haha, and I love the way you layed out the way you enjoy things in life.

    Chazak! (Be Strong)

  2. Beautifully thought-provoking post, Lu. You've done it again. :)
    thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Oh, you hit the nail on the head again, thank you so much, sister Lucia, this post has come at just the right time for me, it echos my hearts cry. And yes, serenity begins in the heart,

    God Bless you,
    Flame of Jah

  4. So true!! I couldn't agree more... :)

  5. Beautiful photos! The bokeh that you captured is absolutly stunning. And, as usual, your words are wonderful. :-)


  6. the pictures, so haunting. the words, so inspiring and true. beautiful, just beautiful.

  7. I love those pictures! ♥ Life can get so chaotic sometimes, and I just love the little moments of silence with God in between. They keep me sane, hehe! ;)

    (I'm hosting a caption contest!)

  8. Wow! This day has been abounding with blessings from the various posts I have been reading on different blogs. And this is simply beautiful. I especially love your last sentence, " But true serenity begins in the heart, and where God abides." Amen and amen!

  9. This post was meant for me. I have been getting too caught up in the world..thank you so much for posting this.

  10. This is beautiful Lucia and so true!

    Much love!


  11. Oh wow, Lucia. This was amazing :) I too often blot out God, myself, and get caught up in the world, but I really needed this. Thank you so much for the encouragement of telling me that true peace begins in the heart, with God ♥


    P.S. Your photos were spectacular!

  12. Love it!!...Love the verse as well! (:

  13. Oh, I so needed to hear those beautiful words. You are so right, calmness doesn't have to come from living a life like a photo in Pinterest -- it comes from Him.

  14. Such a pretty post. And so true! :)

  15. awww :) good post lu. <3

  16. Ohhhhhh I just love your new blog header!! Absolutely LOVE!!!

  17. Beautiful pictures!


  18. I love those photos & your new header is stunning! <3

    eve @ essence of eve

  19. That second photo is wonderful! I have to agree, it's far too easy to forget and lose sight of the most important thing in life. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Oh, and I'm liking your blog so you've got yourself a new follower!

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  21. Oh wow, where have I been?! I came across your blog again and thus I fell in love all over again! ;) Your photos are stunning! Can't wait to see more!


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