To Calm and Quiet the Soul


by Wayne S. Walker

     “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psalm 131:2).  It is so easy to get frustrated and upset with things and with people.  One thing that I have noticed in pitching baseball or softball to kids is that when some of them cannot hit the ball right away they become very irritated and annoyed which actually makes it more difficult for them to concentrate on watching the ball and reaching out to hit it.  Often someone has to tell them to calm down, breathe deeply, and take it easy.

     Kids are not the only ones who have that problem.  There were times when our children were younger that they did something which made me so angry that I had to stop and do the proverbial “count to ten” before reprimanding or punishing them so that I would not do something rash or foolish (and occasionally I would do something rash or foolish anyway!).  Probably all of us have had times when someone said something so wrong or so outlandish that we had to bite our tongues to keep from popping off and saying or doing something which we knew that we would later regret.

     But what does it mean to have calmed and quieted our souls “like a weaned child with his mother”?  Charles H. Spurgeon noted, “He had become as subdued and content as a child whose weaning is fully accomplished…To the weaned child his mother is his comfort.”  Thus it refers to the fact that our needs have been met by God and we are satisfied.  God will not always remove trying situations in our lives, but like Paul’s thorn in the flesh, we can find that if we trust Him His grace will be sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9).  That knowledge should help us to calm and quiet our souls.

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