Winning in Rest


There’s nothing like a lazy Sunday afternoon nap to refresh your body and soul. I love snuggling up with a fuzzy blanket, just about an hour after a light lunch in the quiet of our bedroom to take a much-needed nap. The curtains can be wide open, letting the warm sunshine bathe the expanse of our bed, or even a cold and rainy day, with the sound of rain tapping gently on the roof to lull me into a peaceful slumber.

I feel like I’m catching up on some sleepless nights and restoring my sleep bank for the days lost. I sleep my best when I’m alone because I’m such a light sleeper. I think it comes from years of being on call 24/7 as a tow truck driver in the bay area of California. Almost every night while on call, I would get the 3:00 AM call to go rescue a disabled driver somewhere out on the highway between our three large cities or because a drunk driver caused a terrible accident in the middle of the four-lane interstate. Either way, I was accustomed to sleeping light so I wouldn’t miss a call.

I’m glad those days are long past me and I can enjoy not being on call 24/7 through holidays, birthdays and those ever-important cliffhangers on my favorite prime-time shows. Now I can just come home from my job and relax, knowing that if I get jarred awake in the middle of the night, it’s because of something important that needs my attention. Being a tow truck driver definitely, lead to many adventures that I will share in future posts.

Now that spring is finally here according to the calendar, the days are getting longer and new growth is beginning to awaken in the garden. I don’t fully understand how God programmed nature to respond at this timing because, in my book, it’s still winter here in Colorado. As I write this, I just heard that we are due to get 4 to 6 inches of snow this Saturday!

Year, after year, I have watched several trees bud out in March, only to be frozen to death in April. Thinking that the tree was complete done for, I would make plans to dig it out to be replaced in late May, only to find out that despite the hard freeze, it endured and lived. I’m amazed by this. When the garden sleeps for the winter, it’s protected from the sub-zero temperatures, and the harsh winds that can kill a tree for sure, but somehow nature wins in rest.

We too can win in rest. When the forces of stress, irritation, impatience, and rebellion try to overtake our thoughts like a major storm, we can cry out to God in our fear and boldly come to the throne of grace and rest in God’s truth that He is in control of His children’s lives. That no matter how harsh the storm, He will see us through until the end. Rest in Him.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  1 Peter 5:6-8 New International Version (NIV)


About Annie Stevens

I've been through hell and back and I'm here to proclaim that "You can get through it!" Just keep going. If you're not dead, you're not done! My blog is from a Gardener's perspective. I want the reader to see that there is purpose in nature and that purpose is to help you navigate through life to find your own purpose. I've done a lot of different things over the last 50 some odd years and I hope by my story, you can find hope where there seems like there is no hope.
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