Yesterday morning, I was awakened by another migraine. “Umph!” I thought. My special diet wasn’t working … yet! I took medicine, and went back to bed. When 7:00 rolled around, I felt much better, but still not ready to go to work, so I phoned in and said I’d be late. At 7:45, still on the upswing, I got myself out of bed and stumbled to the kitchen to get some breakfast. By this time, everyone else in the family had gone to work or school. When I sat down in my husband’s easy chair beside the window with my coffee and almond milk, I reached for the remote control to turn on the news. Something stopped me.
I felt God inviting me to spend some quality time with Him. I looked sheepishly up at the picture of Jesus hanging above our mantle, and gave a half-smile. “I’d love to spend some time with you,” I thought. So I read the morning readings and prayers in my “Magnificat” magazine slowly and pondered them as I looked out into my backyard through the window. Not surprisingly, the Word of God really spoke to my heart. The Lord knew that I needed to hear it. The reading was a continuation on the vine and the branches theme from John’s gospel – saying that if we stay grafted to God, we will not thirst or whither. Wow, did I feel withered after a couple of weeks of burning the candle at both ends! I needed to be attached to the Vine once again.
What started out to be a terrible morning, because of the headache, was actually refreshing, because it afforded me a bit of extra time for stillness – to listen to God. He knows what we need when we need it. He truly is a loving Father – so kind and so gentle – constantly inviting us into relationship with Him.