Connected to something bigger

The Bavarian Alps, viewed from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, August 2005

The Bavarian Alps, viewed from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, August 2005

“When everything around you is changing, turn to the part of you that doesn’t change, that is calm, centered, and connected to something bigger.” 
 Ariane de Bonvoisin

Churchgoing people are accustomed to hearing various metaphors for faith.  It’s spoken of as an anchor, a rock, a fortress, and a shield.  It’s described as “the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things unseen.”  All these images take on new meaning when crisis overtakes what used to be normal life.

As change, sorrow, fear and chaos swirl around us, it’s easy for all that matters most to get tossed away.  It helps to have these images to ground us.  We hold fast with gritted teeth and closed eyes, sensing the unseen foundation beneath us.  Our spirits are strengthened by the intangible but real presence of others who are standing with us, in prayer, hope, faith and courage.  The connection to something bigger than all our troubles can sustain us, as it has before and will again.

My gratitude goes out to all of you who are in that company whose presence we feel and cherish.  I wish for all who visit here today a time of contemplative awareness of that calm, centered connection.



  1. Holding fast to faith these days in the hope that whatever Gods plan for all of us we receive it with grace and an open heart that all will be well. Love you very much. God bless.

    • Thank you Amy. We’ve shared so much over the years and the challenges just keep coming. I am so grateful you have been there to help me hang on to hope and faith. We love you all!

  2. Mike Bertoglio

    Great news on Matt Jeff on the UR posting.
    Someone said faith means, ” I will wait for God.” Very true but hard.

    • Yes, it’s so difficult, especially when we are all so programmed to want and expect “instant” everything. I guess the whole message of Hebrews 11 could be summed up in that one statement; they all waited for God. Thanks for being here.

  3. Carlyle

    The older I get, The greater my tendency to pray to God about things in my life that might on the surface seem trivial. I have been startled but not surprised to recognize quick responses to my requests. When God says “cast all your care upon Him”, He really means it.What ever trouble you face may not be immediately resolved but you will be blessed with “the peace of God which passes understanding”.

    • Daddy, I agree completely. I have been quite amazed at how often I get what seems to me a very direct, quick and clear answer to relatively minor problems. I think it was Corrie Ten Boom who said “Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” My challenge is learning to give things to God before they are taken by force out of my hands. 🙂 I plead guilty to turning things over to him only when I feel I’ve lost all control of them, not realizing that my so-called control is always an illusion anyway.

  4. This reminds me of my post the other day:
    It is hard to center when you rely on old friends and relationships that don’t exist anymore. But is is so worth it to be open to what God is bringing in their place!
    Blessings to you.

    • Thanks for sharing the link to your post! I enjoyed it. Yes, it’s so easy to pick the wrong things to rely on. I have always envied those who seem to face everything that comes with a placid trust that God is in control. I know this intellectually, but have a hard time keeping my fears at bay. Although I’m learning more every day about that. I appreciate your visits here!

      • Thank you, and I do like to visit and read your inspiring posts.

  5. Sheila

    Julia, I am so glad to know that both Jeff and Matt are doing so much better. Of course, not to forget you,since you’ve been sick recently,too. I am so grateful that God has heard and answered the prayers of so many. I loved Mr. Carlyle’s comment. It has been a glorious day here. I hope the same for you. Sheila

    • Hi Sheila, yes, today was lovely. Jeff, Matt and I all were able to go to church together for the first time in over 2 months! So many people were clearly very happy to see them again. I feel much better now. I had a nice walk tonight; it was lovely and relatively cool outside. I was even able to do some weeding (badly needed) until it got dark. So happy you had a lovely day too! I love hearing about how people’s days went. We, too, are feeling thankful for answered prayers. Thanks for being here!

  6. Eric

    I believe there has only been One who has ever lost that connection, and He surrendered it willingly for our sakes. (Matthew 27:46)

    • The good news (in the truest sense of the words) is that he got it back again! 🙂


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