The sun not yet above the earth’s curve, I listened as the geese called out in the soft light of the dawn. It was cold in my room; the window open from yesterday’s warmer weather. I wondered what I should do with the day and nestled deeper under the covers.
“The plants need your attention,” God pressed onto my heart.
“I know. I’ll head to the garden soon,” I promised. The beans had been looking a bit sallow the past few days.
“You need some attention, too,” God added.
“Me? What’s wrong with me?” I asked, a bit concerned.
“Nothing is wrong with you. But you’ve been giving so much of yourself lately, you need to receive now,” God answered.
“But I thought that was what we are supposed to do, give, and be of service like Jesus was of service.”
“Even Jesus took time off,” God reminded me.
“How do I receive?” I asked.
“Let others help you. And be still and feel my love for you.”
“I’m not good with being still, am I?”
“You could work on it,” God chuckled. “But I made you the way you are, full of energy and drive. You just need to slow down once in a while, Sparrow.”
The geese called out, their raucous voices like odd laughter. I made myself cozier and listened, taking in their strange beauty.
“I’ll let love in today,” I whispered. “I’ll let you in.” I smiled and rested quietly and savored the new day’s peace and promise.