When I was a little girl, my dad was always trying to get me to take naps. He would coax me to lie down and I would always say, "Nooooooooo, I'm not sleepy yet." I thought the worst idea in the world was to take a nap. There was always much more interesting things to do.
That has been many years ago. Now, I'd gladly take a nap whenever possible. I've come to understand the value of rest. In fact, there are times, when I crave rest.
Sometimes rest is not napping but just having a time when there is nothing to do and time to just "be." A time of being unplugged from modern devices and plugged IN to the Creator. A quiet time of listening and not talking. A time to meditate.
Ever notice how calming it is to be near the water? I
think the Lord is partial to water. He spent a lot of time around the
sea of Galilee, after all!
When I first got a computer and learned about wallpaper and backgrounds, I downloaded a lot of scenes near beaches, lakes and streams. If a picture had an empty chair or hammock, so much the better. I felt like the picture beckoned me to come, lay in the hammock and rest. If I can't go to the water physically, at least I can go mentally!
This post was written in response to the prompt "rest" at 5 Minute Friday writing challenge sponsored at Lisa-Jo Baker: tales from a Gypsy Mama. She challenges us to write for 5 minutes with no revising or second-guessing yourself. Give it a try!