“Go to sleep!” my cousin, who is fifteen years old, says to us, as she sticks her head around the corner of the door.
She is around the kitchen table with the adult women, excited about being in on the “grown up” conversations.
I am eight years old, and five of the younger cousins have piled into the living room in sleeping bags for the night. Laughter and giggles cannot be contained, and whispers that speculate about the origin of our new kittens have us in a huddle. It is a Hypothesis of creation that only young girls can create in their imaginations. Suggestions, that include sparkly fairies, glorious angles, and pumpkin patches.
Again, my older cousin tells us to sleep.
“I can’t stop thinking about the kittens.” I protest.
“Well, stop thinking.” She whispers back.
There is a long pause, and then I ask her, “How do you stop thinking?”
Again, a long pause.
“I guess you can’t really stop thinking. Just make yourself think about sleep.” She says thoughtfully.
I roll over and repeat the word “Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep”, over and over until I am asleep.
Little did I know back then, I was meditating.
The word meditating in the Bible is, Haga. It means to Ponder, to Murmur, to Meditate.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me. (Psalms 63:6-9 NIV)
Even today, the Lord will bring a scripture to my mind, and all day I will think on the Word. Sometimes, I will wake up with a worship song repeating over and over in my mind, and sometimes, it is just a few short words that I can remember and soak in all day.
I think that meditation on His Word is important in our daily lives. Do you ever awaken with the Word of God already alive and working?
“What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear” (Matthew 10:27 NLT)
What has God been whispering to you?
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