Fall asleep after lunch. I dare you.
Today while I nursed a sore leg from all my recent butt-kicking, I breathed in a quiet moment and wondered whether I should really indulge myself. I felt like I needed a break, but should I actually take one? Should I really lay there, staring at the back of my eyelids?
I grabbed a blanket to help me better consider my options, and let the weight of each stitch press me down deeper into my dreams.
And I fell, gloriously, asleep.
Banish the guilt
You wouldn’t find me encouraging you to disregard your duties and let the dishes pile up to roach-inviting levels. Nor will you hear me suggesting that stinky towels are better left strewn across damp bathroom floors than collected for regular washing.
But we have a lot to learn from our siesta-taking neighbors to the south.
We have a lot to learn from former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Michael Hyatt, who suggests we should take a nap every day.
Moms feel guilty for a lot of things. We feel badly for talking on the phone with a girlfriend instead of piecing together a puzzle or creating paper mache figurines to be slathered with organic, vegetable-based paints. We agonize over leaving for an evening or taking too long in the bathroom...er…doing our hair.
But should we feel guilty for taking 20 minutes to refresh? To silence the yawns? To recharge?
“He makes me lie down in green pastures…”
I believe God desires us to be strengthened by rest.
I believe Satan, on the other hand, wants us to resist this component of our humanity and keep spinning our wheels into exhaustion, illness, or injury.
This afternoon I embraced my need for green pastures with a blanket on the couch, and it was awesome.
So today, go ahead and sit there.
Find your pasture and sprawl out in the mid-day rest your spirit craves.