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Still Waters

Blue Lake (Rotomairewhenua in Māori) is a small lake in Nelson Lakes National Park, in the northern reaches of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Sacred to local Māori, it has the clearest natural fresh water in the world. Blue Lake is drained by the west branch of the Sabine River, which is part of the Buller River system. Blue Lake is roughly boomerang shaped, running north then northwest, with each arm of the lake stretching some 200 metres (700 ft). Its waters are cold, ranging from 5 to 8 °C (41 to 46 °F).

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The lake has extremely still and clear water, and is the clearest natural body of fresh water in the world yet reported. A 2011 study found its visibility ranged from 70 to 80 metres (230 to 260 ft), clearer than the 63 metres (207 ft) measured for Te Waikoropupu Springs, a previous record holder. Scientists attribute the lake water’s clarity to its passage underground from Lake Constance, which filters out nearly all the particles suspended in the water. Its clarity reveals water’s natural blue-violet colour.

This lake reminds me of stillness and it’s an easy place to be still and know God. It is a place where my soul feels still and deep. A place of great reflection. Spending time on the stillness, clarity and depth of God is a great place to be and worth the time.

May you this week my brothers and sisters, spend some time in the stillness of God, if only for ten minutes. May this time renew and refresh you. May these still waters run deep within your soul.

 Still Waters

Behind the smile
Of yesterday’s laughter
Through the inaccessible
Brave new heart
Still waters run deep

In between the words
Not spoken
In the space between the lines
Of ink still drying
Still waters run deep

Of words and actions
Never heard or seen
Of opportunities lost
At others expense
Still waters run deep

In the hope that anchors
The depth of the soul
In the love that relentlessly
Pursues us eternally
Still waters run deep

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