IS THE ANSWER TO A BUSY WEEK THE CATERPILLAR OR THE CHRYSALIS?

Waking up this morning at 5:30 am, I couldn’t help but mentally review my busy week ahead. Even though our pastor had prayed on Sunday that we would have the strength to accomplish all God had set out for us in the coming days, I was still concerned that I would have enough energy for everything going on. On top of the day-to-day administration of my music and writing ministry, music practices, a radio interview, meetings, a hair appointment, a book signing, and hosting a house concert with (and opening for) my good friends Infinitely More, I had somehow injured my knee, which put a wrench into everything. And at 5:30 am, I knew that the best thing I could do for myself was to try to go back to sleep to rest my body before the demands of the day took over.
 
I did drift back to sleep briefly only to have an image of a police car, lights flashing, jolt me awake once more. Now, what was that about? I could only assume that I had been pulled over to the side of the road for speeding. The police car was backing up right in front of me, the policeman (I'm sure) ready to issue me a ticket. So still half-asleep and unsure as to what to make of the dream, I said a quick prayer that I would be safe on the roads today and tried to drift back to sleep again.
 
It wasn’t until I finally got up and was in the shower a couple of hours later that I was able to interpret the dream.
 
I WAS speeding—or at least planning to—with the intention to power through this week, trusting God would give me the strength to get through it.
 
But here’s the thing. As I looked at the situation through the eyes of a butterfly, I asked myself, “Do I want to power through this week like the constantly-in-motion caterpillar? Or do I want to have the peace of being in the chrysalis so that when the time comes for our special event this weekend, I can truly fly?”
 

Suddenly, I saw with clarity that God WILL give me the strength to get through this week: not by powering through regardless of my physical needs, but by resting in Him. That means, taking time throughout the day, every day (especially during this busy week), to spend time with Him in the secret, quiet place. That way, I can meet each challenge with calmness and peace.
 

My prayer: Thank You Lord, for all these opportunities this week. I pray for healing for my knee, clarity of mind, rest for my body, nurturing for my soul, and for the presence of mind to act upon those moments as the opportunities arise, for Your light and glory to shine through. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
 

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)


 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
 
 

4 comments

  • Bobbie

    Bobbie NB

    Lovely piece. I pray for healing for your knee and no parking tickets.

    Lovely piece. I pray for healing for your knee and no parking tickets.

  • Sally Meadows

    Sally Meadows

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post, Bobbie. Thanks also for your prayers! My knee has been bothering me for a couple of weeks and now I think I figured out how it got aggravated this weekend. Note to self: Don't stand leading worship in heels I haven't worn for a while LOL!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post, Bobbie. Thanks also for your prayers! My knee has been bothering me for a couple of weeks and now I think I figured out how it got aggravated this weekend. Note to self: Don't stand leading worship in heels I haven't worn for a while LOL!

  • Patricia Anne Elford

    Patricia Anne Elford Petawawa, ON

    Quite appreciated this, Sally. This caterpillar was doing too much moving along and is now in enforced chrysalis stage. Have 'flu to get me back on track. Lot of resting. God moves in mysterious ways when we insist on acting as if God is only a rubber stamp for the things we "prayerfully" tell God we're going to do.

    Quite appreciated this, Sally. This caterpillar was doing too much moving along and is now in enforced chrysalis stage. Have 'flu to get me back on track. Lot of resting. God moves in mysterious ways when we insist on acting as if God is only a rubber stamp for the things we "prayerfully" tell God we're going to do.

  • Sally Meadows

    Sally Meadows

    Love this comment, Patricia Anne Elford. Yet another excellent analogy to this portion of the butterfly cycle. It is so true that sometimes our cocooning comes out of necessity when life's busyness puts our health at risk. But we can rest assured that even the pauses in our life can reveal God's glory.

    Love this comment, Patricia Anne Elford. Yet another excellent analogy to this portion of the butterfly cycle. It is so true that sometimes our cocooning comes out of necessity when life's busyness puts our health at risk. But we can rest assured that even the pauses in our life can reveal God's glory.

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