Permission to Rest — the Kindness of God

The upraised arms of our Convention Center

Good Morning, God!

I have been given permission to rest! And now I am smiling as MANY people (including myself) have been trying to give me permission to rest. But, somehow, I didn’t “believe” it — or “accept” it.

Aaah, but yesterday, as I heard Jan Johnson talk about prayer as connecting with You, God, and then while she talked about the spiritual practices of solitude and silence, something clicked.

Maybe it was when she told the story of how Dallas Willard, in one of his classes, required people to spend 10 hours in bed the first four days of the class. TEN HOURS IN BED?

Part of me thought HOW WONDERFUL. Another part thought, IMPOSSIBLE. I pondered whether I could do it. Let’s see — if I climbed in bed by 8 p.m. and stayed there until 6 a.m. THAT would be 10 hours. I resolved to TRY it.

And I DID IT! Aside from getting up in the night for a trip or two to the bathroom I was in bed over ten hours. Alas, I can’t do it four nights in a row.  But, I am looking forward to more sleep and less busy.  More Time with You and less to Do!

I shall fall and fail. But, my Heart LONGS for this. My Body NEEDS it. And Your Spirit will help my Spirit — to get BACK ON YOUR PATH.

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Story teller,

Posted in a series of molts and upgrades, A weekly day of rest, accepting my ability to REDESIGN, rest, Rethinking

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