I will give you rest.
~Matthew 11:28

It had been a long, hard day. Tired, I tumbled into bed and turned out the light. “God, thanks for a wonderful day,” I mumbled, adjusted my pillow, closed my eyes, and hoped that sleep would find me.

“You didn’t think it was a wonderful day,” God said.

“What?” I opened my eyes.

“You had a rather difficult day. Why didn’t you share that with me?” God asked.

“I didn’t want you to think I’m a whiner,” I said, and paused, summoning my courage to confess my feelings. “And to be honest, I was mad at you today,” I answered.

“In sharing your truth—your experiences and your feelings—you open your heart to my love and mercy,” God explained. “Pray the truth, and you’ll find rest in me.”

And so I did. I told God everything about my day, leaving out nothing. As I finished, the crescent moon rose above the garden; it’s faint glow peeking into my window. I turned my pillow over and nestled my head into its downy softness.

“Good night, Sparrow,” God said. “Rest well.”

“Good night, God,” I murmured, and fell fast asleep.


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