Daily Devotional (4-20-21)

Daily Devotional (4-20-21)

This is the Day…Tuesday
April 20, 2021

 

Clouds

 

“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)

When I was younger, I was never interested in taking naps. In those days for me, a nap was a big waste of time. There were things to do, trails to explore, animals to aggravate. I even told my Mom once that naps were for “babies and old people.” After fighting that battle with me for several months, Mom decided to begin calling it a “rest time.” I was thankful when I finally reached the age that I was not required to “rest” anymore. That explains why I would leave the house just after breakfast and not return until dinner. I was afraid Mom might make me rest!

But there was an occasional day, especially in the hot summer months, when I would get a bit tired in the afternoons. On those occasions, I would find myself a nice grassy spot in the shade and lay down. The cool grass felt so good to my hot and sweaty body. As a warm breeze blew across me, I laid on my back and just watched the clouds drift by. It was amazing to watch all the things clouds could be. Animals, furniture, cars, and dinosaurs. I once saw a rabbit move past and just behind him was a dog that seemed to be in hot pursuit. As the grass cooled me off and the cloud images drifted overhead, I slowly dozed off to a peaceful sleep. What Mom could not do the clouds easily accomplished.

As the years have passed, I have not paid attention to those clouds as much as I should. They have continued to slowly drift by, but I have been much too busy to notice. Cloud watching is for children. Cloud watching is for people with nothing better to do. Cloud watching is for people with free time who do not have the pressures and responsibilities that life can bring. I have things to do, places to be, people to see!

Recently, I was alone at home for a few hours working in the yard. By mid-afternoon, the warm breeze and heat of the sun had taken its toll on me. So, I went into the backyard and laid down on the cool grass. As I watched the clouds drift by, I was amazed to see that the very same characters were still passing by all these years later. Dinosaurs and cars and even a dog chasing a rabbit. And then I dozed off to a peaceful sleep.

Cloud watching is not just for children. Rest time is not just for babies and old people. When life is busy and the burdens become heavy on your shoulders, lighten your burden with some cloud watching. God will lift the load and give you rest as you doze off to a peaceful sleep.