As parents of young children, it is our job to enforce a bedtime. Quite often, children will resist. It’s as if they think they we are partying while they sleep. They can be quite inventive in resisting sleep, but we as good parents “make them lie down.”
I’m reading Psalm 23 this morning and this phrase spoke to me: “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.” Can it be the Father, in His infinite wisdom is enforcing a nap time for me?
As a type A personality, rest is difficult for me. I feel as if I should always be doing something. So I, like a little child, am resisting nap time. But maybe just like parents make their children rest, God is giving me a season of rest to prepare me for the busy season ahead. He is, after all, the Good Shepherd!
So let me stopping resisting rest and trust in this:
I lack nothing.
I am led by the Father into still waters.
My soul is refreshed.
I am led in paths of righteousness.
I fear nothing.
God is with me in this season.
His rod and His staff comfort.
In this season of rest, God is preparing a table before.
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy follow me.
I dwell in the kingdom!
So Excuse me friends, it’s my nap time.
“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
Psalm 23:1-3 NIV