Do you know why I am bad at napping?
Because if you do, please let me know! When I was a teen and in my twenties I could nap like a champ. Since then, I've lost my touch. Is it coffee? Age? I have no idea. Most of the time its no problem. But when I've had a few exhausting days and then have some quiet on a day off, there are times I just wish I could settle into a solid snooze.
Somewhat surprisingly, there is a place I can sometimes catch a nap. There have been several times when I'm out fishing (usually by myself) on a river somewhere in the wilderness and I'll stretch out on the bank... slowly start soaking up the warm rays of the sun... and ...start ...to ... ... drift ... ... ... off. (to sleep, not down the river... thought I should be clear about that). I usually am surprised that I fall asleep in that kind for a few reasons: I'm lying on rocks (no pillow) and the possibility of a bear or cougar happening upon me.
I am reminded of some of the words from Psalm 23:
"He leads me beside quiet waters" (vs 2)Can you remember what line follows next?
"He restores my soul." (vs 3)
Well, I have great news, I am back to work after a few months leave. I’m very thankful to the Pastoral staff and congregation for the continued prayers and support over the last while, my family and I are very appreciative and thankful for you all. I look forward to spending time over coffees/meals/church drop-ins over the next while. To those who are experiencing times of unrest and feeling hopeless I want to encourage you with a verse that has spoken life to me. Philippians 4:7, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me along the right pathsfor his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.