10.24.2012

Cat Naps and Nine Lives {Faith Life Preservers-Day 24 }

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 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber...
Psalm 121:3


No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap. 
Carrie P. Snow

 I'm one of those people who mostly does not value sleep as much as I should.
In the back of my mind my whole life I hear the chanting voice that never subsides,
"Life is short, life is short, life is short."
 I burn the candle at both ends and trust God for the day when I won't need sleep,
but instead live only to praise the days away.
So I think to myself, why not now?

The desire is there but my flesh keeps kicking at the goads.
I see Jesus burning the wick from both ends and a fire is lit within me.
I see Him, everywhere with people.
I see Him slipping away in the morning hours.
I see Him available.
I see Him alone at Gethsemane.

I see me shadowing Him.
Where is He?

My Sunday School kids and I are learning Psalm 121.
We talk about how God never sleeps nor slumbers.
They study my response; I share their awe
as we consider the reality that
while we sleep, He never sleeps.
He is always alert to each of us.

I see Jesus, sleeping in the boat.

I get tired.
I grow weary.
I struggle to stay afloat in a waterspout of doubt that
wants to engulf me in a cloud of despair.

Faith keeps me afloat.
Because unlike a cat I don't have nine lives.
I'm banking on one.
And I'm learning what it means to value rest.
To not reject that which God modeled at the inception of the World.

I see Jesus, sleeping.
Giving me permission to rest a bit.
I see Jesus reminding me to not grow weary, to not doubt,
to stay awake.
Alert.
But also to rest.
I hear him whisper soft,
"Come away with me to a quiet place and get some rest."
(Mark 6:30-32)

Trusting He is with me, and in me.
I stretch out, thankful and content.

I learn the secret of the cat.
That naps and sleep are good.
Day or night.

Go get your Cat Nap on- Faith Life Preserver-
The life you save may be your own!


I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
Psalm 16:7



I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, 
so it's not a waste of time. 
Martha Stewart



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