My alarm is set to go off at 6:30am but I haven’t heard it in weeks because I am awake long before it goes off. It used to be that when I rolled out of bed, the Budster would be watching me, cute little bugger that he is, and he would sometimes follow me around as I prepared for the day. We’d go outside before the sun was up, sometimes for business and sometimes just for a walk and then he’d park himself next to my desk while I worked and take a nap. These days, the boy isn’t bothered by or interested in my morning activities. He sleeps in and when he’s had his fill, usually after eight0o-clock, he walks over to my desk, gives a big stretch and wags his tail. It’s time to go outside. It is nice to see Buddy resting peacefully these days.

This morning, as I was watching Buddy sleep, I imagined him curled up next to Jesus and he hadn’t a care in the world.

Matthew 8:23-27
23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.
24 And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep.
25 So they came and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!”
26 But he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was dead calm.
27 And the men were amazed and said, “What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!”

To Jesus, the storm was inconsequential and though it raged and tossed the boat, it didn’t disturb His nap. His twelve anxious little alarm clocks woke Him up because they were afraid. Who did He yell at? He yelled at the winds and the sea for being a nuisance. “You two knock it off, I’m trying to get some sleep!”

In life, all we are trying to do is get from one side to the other. That seems so simple on paper but when you toss in a few storms and pirates and monsters, life gets complicated, or so it seems. According to Jesus, it’s not complicated at all. Have a little faith. Curl up next to Jesus and take a nap and if those storms and pirates and monsters disturb your rest, tell them to knock it off.




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Joyce Ellis is the CEO and Caretaker of WarmFuzzy's Animal Shelter & Sanctuary. She was born with the vision, the Energizer Bunny who keeps going and going. She is Fuzzy1 of all WarmFuzzy's.

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