I had big plans for Saturday: lead Sidewalk Sunday School, take Joan shopping, clean the bathroom, vacuum the carpet, do the laundry, and finish my report cards. Pft.
As you likely know, I haven’t been sleeping well. Despite that fact, I chose to stay up late Friday night (to watch TV of all things) and get up early Saturday. Saturday mornings I run a children’s ministry, and afterwards I almost always take my former neighbor, Joan, grocery shopping. I managed both those things today. Joan was even sobber so helping her wasn’t a chore.
When I got home I put my own groceries away. The last thing I put away was a box of Kleenex for my bedside shelf. As I stretched across the bed (the only way to get to the other side of the room in my 8’x8′ bedroom) a sunbeam hit me. My eyes closed and I was out like a light.
I woke three hours later at 3:45 p.m. and spent the rest of the evening groggy and listless. I have the feeling I could have slept for several more hours — but I wouldn’t let myself. I need to catch up on my rest, but I don’t want to turn my days and nights around.
The best part of my Saturday was Sidewalk Sunday School. I taught a Bible lesson on the ten lepers. I was trying to explain to the kids what leprosy is. I said, “Imagine you didn’t have any feeling in your body, and you didn’t know your body parts were falling off until you saw that they were gone. You’d reach to tie your shoe, and discover your finger had fallen off. You’d try to put on earrings, and realize your ear was gone. You’d sneeze, and your nose would fly off ….”
“Oh! I get it!” Serenia exclaimed, “Like Michael Jackson!”