When I was younger, I walked in my sleep.
I outgrew my nighttime wanderings, but not before my four sisters collected a few stories, retold at family gatherings.
The most repeated one is about the night I ate half a chocolate cake.
The next morning, on the polished surface of our stainless steel countertop, sat the remaining evidence.
Someone had eaten chocolate layer cake with her hands.
I’m not sure what incriminated me. Maybe, the chocolate under my fingernails?
Whatever. I had eaten half a chocolate cake.
Over time, my family saw the humor in my sleepy stroll.
I never did.
I figured, since I had eaten half a chocolate cake, I should remember the pleasure of eating it!
Awake, O Sleeper
Recently, God reminded me of my nighttime chocolate cakewalk. He awakened me to his perspective.
He pointed out how often I rush from one event to the next, living a blur of moments.
It’s impossible to remember something we never fully experience.
I wondered what I had missed. And I realized…
I am still a sleepwalker.
I have a feeling I’m not alone. Life has a way of sweeping us into the forced march of the calendar, the warp-speed of doing more, experiencing less.
Hurry is a trap.
- Hurry numbs us to the awe of God.
- Hurry dulls our ears to God’s voice.
- Hurry robs us of thanksgiving.
- Hurry distracts us from remembering well.
Hurry is a thief.
Arise and Shine
Wherever you are, be fully there. ~Jim Elliot
Recently, I heard a wise man restate Elliot’s quote, voicing his personal resolve.
I am determined to be where I am.” ~Ronnie Floyd
Our lives are not a highlight reel of events, circled on calendars, checked off on the to-do list of the day.
Life involves a succession of ordinary moments, lived well, marked by mercies new every morning.
You must be fully aware to experience them, in order to remember them.
So I resolve to be fully present, even when I’m busy.
I am determined to be where I am.
I want to remember well.
- To respond to God’s present tense voice
- To recollect God’s grace in the ordinary
- To recount God’s faithfulness
- To recite in my heart every mercy moment
- To recapture a response of thanksgiving and worship
I don’t want to be a sleepwalker in life.
Perhaps you need to wake up, too.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
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