Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Worth the Trip

Every part of me wanted to snuggle down under the covers and just ignore the little voice that was calling from the next room. It had been a long day of traveling over the river (the mighty Mississippi) and through the woods (there are a lot of trees in Minnesota) to reach Grandmother’s house. But we had finally made it, gotten settled in, had a wonderful dinner and gotten all of the children tucked into bed. I was pooped and ready for a good, long night’s sleep. But, alas, it was not to be. It was one of those nights when each of the kids was up numerous times for numerous reasons. “Where’s my blankie?” “I heard a noise.” “Where’s the bathroom?” “This bed isn’t comfortable.”
I wanted to bury my head in my pillow and pretend I was on a quiet beach somewhere far away. But, I heard another “Mom.” “Lord, please.” I silently pleaded. “Can’t they just sleep?” I hauled myself out of bed and stumbled in the dark to the bedside of my middle child. I leaned over him in all of my middle-of-the-night beauty and whispered, “What do you need?” in my slightly annoyed voice. He looked up at me with his sleepy little eyes and said, “Mom, you’re so pretty. I love you.” My heart melted as I tucked him in, gave him a kiss and stumbled back to my room. The trip had been worth every cold dark moment outside of my comfy covers.
That night reminds me of so many mornings when my alarm clock calls in the early morning, heralding the start of another day. Every part of me wants to hit the snooze button and snuggle back under the covers. But, another voice calls to my spirit, “Daughter.” “Lord, please.” I plead. “Can’t I just sleep?” But, I haul myself out of bed, grab my Bible and head to the couch. I sit down and lean over my open Bible. And His words wash over me. “The king’s daughter is all glorious within… you are precious in my sight and I love you.” My heart melts as I listen to the words of my Father and I know that the comfort of my covers can never match the comfort I have found in the presence of Jesus. I’m so glad I didn’t push the snooze button this morning.

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