2006-08-28 - Life Is More Than a Catnap
Most of a cat's day is spent sleeping. For my pets, the activity of rest takes place every day around mid-morning. Before relaxation falls upon the home, they have an agenda to keep. The cats have a natural schedule they follow, never needing a clock or a day planner. In the early morning hours, the felines cry and whimper, a signal for me, their caregiver, that hey, these cats are famished. The cats eat, cry for more attention, play, groom, and then look for a place to enjoy their daily siesta. Today the two settle for the back of the sofa, full of sun from the window.
Although I adore my pets, I like my life as a human being, a child of God far too much to desire trading places. Even if that means I don't get as much sleep as they do, I can still enjoy times of rest. How does one stay calm when life isn't? I can shout and believe the sentiment behind Psalm 116:7. "Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you." (NIV)
Psalm 62 says that we can find rest in God alone. Our hope is in Him, and not just in the hints provided in time management books or helpful organizing articles. For "He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken."
God, Lead me to the places where I can rest. Take away any guilt associated with me taking a break to recharge and reconnect with You. In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.