By: Gabriela Yareliz

I have within me a solitude where He dwells, and nothing can take that away from me.”
– St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Stores are filled with Christmas decorations. I am already thinking about 2017, and how I want to return to a degree of normalcy. This year, has been one of struggle, perseverance, uncertainty and instability. For example, I moved offices three times, and I am still living out of boxes.

As the new year begins, things that were uncertain before are now certain. I will soon have a stable place to unpack my files, and I will have my prayer wall in my office where I pray for each person I am striving to help. My inspiring quotes will go back up on the wall, and where once there was toughness and self-preservation, a soft cheerfulness will return. Peace.

When we are subjected to trials, we often don’t feel like ourselves. We are weary with heavy armor on. Still, this is when we demonstrate the strength and resolve we are willing to adopt. I have felt like a battered ship in the midst of a storm for too long. Lighting almost split this ship in two.

What I have discovered stays the same is that stillness deep, deep inside. That stillness where God resides. That place in your soul where you can take long walks on dirt paths and lay in fields of daisies. The place where He anchors us. If it weren’t for this anchor, I don’t know where I would be.

I am happy to say that now, finally and at last, it’s time to sail. The Master was in the boat, and finally He said, “Peace, be still.”

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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