The warm late-spring weather of page 124 disappeared by the time page 125 began and was replaced by a cold, rainy day of early spring. It was raining as I left the house and headed to work in the early morning hours. By the time the morning cleaning was completed, the rain had stopped but a cold dampness remained in its place. The rest of the morning was spent catching up on some office work, doing some writing, and spending time with God in prayer about the opportunity I have to pray at a National Day of Prayer service tomorrow about our Christian liberties and the plight of the unborn. In a culture that seems to value freedoms over responsibilities it is interesting to me that the organizers of tomorrow’s event combined these two particular prayer topics.
By noon the crisp breeze had dried the lawn enough to start the mowing for the week. As I sat on the mower it didn’t take long for the cold and dampness to settle into my body. Once the mowing was done around the building, it was time to call it a day and head for a late lunch to warm up. By the time I made it home, the couch was calling my name and I settled in for an unexpected nap. As I woke up an hour later I was reminded of the alpaca I took a photo of at the zoo yesterday. Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is to pay attention when our mind and body tries to tell us of a need that we have. Sleep and rest were designed and commanded by God, yet many times the demands of our time seem more pressing than the need for rest. And because I continue to learn about my need for rest, today’s written page will be somewhat shorter than most of them have been. 🙂 If you want more words from today, check out my blog article on The Power of Hope that I wrote this morning.
I pray that you and I would understand the value of rest and pay attention to both our need and God’s command to rest. I pray that we would also respect the need for rest that exists in the lives of those around us.