For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”
At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.
Jeremiah 31:25-26 ESV
How rarely I take naps, but when I do, and the day has worn me thin by 4:oo in the afternoon, and I do not have to prepare dinner, my body just wants to zone out. I want to relax. I am on my bed, pillows wrapped around, under, and even over me. I become comfortable with my back adjusted by pillows under my legs. My head is propped just enough to curve the upper back slighty. When my body is relaxed, my mind settles, thoughts on the Lord, or in prayer, or on a Scripture, or on a pleasant pastoral scene; I succumb to a light nap, maybe even a heavy nap, to sleep!
Naps take me adrift into the wilds of nowhere. I don’t know if I dream or just drift. It is all good. A nap seems to leave me more tired when I first awaken, for at least a little while, but then I feel revived after that initial weariness. A nap gives me energy for an evening at home with Kenneth, or for time with Mom at the nursing home. I still enjoy these activities without a nap, but I feel better with one, that is for sure!
Relaxing. Spending time in the arms of my Lord.
“I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.” Ezekiel 34:25
“Kid”, photo by wilhelmien @ stock.xchng, Mar 15, 2007, http://www.sxc.hu/photo/739830
“Sleeping Puppy! 2”, photo by SilentFury @ stock.xchng, Apr 3, 2007, http://www.sxc.hu/photo/754054