Good Morning!

Friday night I was so excited – almost giddy.  I was happy as a pig in slop because the next day was Saturday.  And I was going to sleep in.  Sleep late.  Like maybe 7:30 or 8:00 late.  (Yeah, I know what you are thinking – but when you are in your 40’s it is amazing what gets you fired up.)  I turned off the alarm, closed my drapes with black-out lining tightly so that no crack of sunlight would filter through them and turned on my fan to high so that I wouldn’t hear my dog snoring in the next room. I snuggled down in my bed, and fell right asleep.

5:30 a.m.  BAM!

No, no, no… At first I didn’t let it get to me.  I calmly repeated a soothing mantra of “I will go back to sleep.  I will go back to sleep.”  But after 2 or 3 minutes of that my cadence picked up a little steam.  By 6:00 it sounded more like “I WILL GO BACK TO SLEEP AND I’M GOING BACK TO SLEEP RIGHT NOW!”

That worked really well.

And as I lay there wondering what in the tarnation (definition of tarnation: a southern curse word used for emphasis) is going on and why in the Sam Hill (my grandmother used to say that – I never found out where Sam Hill was or it’s historical significance) I was awake at 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday I felt it.  I felt a strong presence in my room, one I couldn’t escape.

No, it wasn’t the presence of God.  It was my cat staring me into a state of full alertness.  If she were a cartoon character the bubble above her head would have read, “Get your lazy rear end out of the bed and feed me.  I don’t care what day of the week it is.”

cat

Heavy sigh.

And as I started writing this at 6:45 on that Saturday, I had to laugh as this verse came to mind:  “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”  (Proverbs 16:9)  I had planned on sleeping in, but the Lord had other plans for me.  And as always, His plan is so much better.  I had several hours of complete quiet and stillness to write, worship and pray.  What a great way to start my Saturday!  So go ahead and make your plans, but don’t be surprised when God takes you on a little detour.  If you are truly seeking His will for your life a deviation from your plan will be seen as a blessing, not a curse.

(FYI – as I wrote this I  PLANNED on taking a fantastically long nap that afternoon. I’ll let you guess what happened…)

Blessings!
Leigh

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