Reflections by the Sea: In the sleep of winter

Published 3:45 pm Saturday, January 27, 2024

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By Betsy Ore Glass

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations I will be exalted in the earth.’” – Psalm 26:10

“Slow down Miss,” the police officer said. “But, But, But.” He wasn’t interested in my explanation. I thought he was going to give me a ticket and rightfully so. “Going 42 in a 25,” he said. But he didn’t ticket me. Just reminded me again to “slow down.” Maybe this was a divine appointment from the police officer and God. I was actually driving to the beach with my camera in the passenger seat. Hoping for an afternoon of great photographs considering the brilliant blue sky, puffy clouds gathering and the still water. The message to “slow down” hung heavy in my heart and mind that day and for a few weeks after. It just wouldn’t go away. I was told to slow down, so I did and decided to heed the advice in more ways than one.

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What is the message? The season we are in suggests we take it slow and lessen the pace. Winter is when everything goes to sleep from plants, to animals hibernating and more. It’s the season of rest.

I am enjoying a quieter pace because I have chosen to make the change. Spending more time in nature has helped. Hearing the birdsong, watching through the bare trees to see the large birds ride the currents overhead. Studying the clouds and tides. Self care is a place we may have neglected. Doing things that brings us joy. How can we be of service to God if our energy is depleted? Regroup, renew and refresh for this is the time of year to do it, if you can. Not everyone is able to detach from responsibilities but whatever you can do to bring peace and restoration will be a blessing. Even if it a guilt-free afternoon nap! God bless.

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at or read additional Reflections at