Just a Little Nap in the Poppy Field

Did you ever want to stop and stay where you were for awhile but your traveling companion had the energy and drive to keep moving forward? I hate that.

Sometimes a journey gets long and I get tired and the poppies are so pretty and smell so sweet that I just want to lie down to rest. I have, however, a very energetic, very determined traveling companion in Jesus. Always moving forward, that One.

You can see it in a read-through of the gospels. The disciples always seem like I feel – in awe of Jesus, stunned by His words and miracles, hoping for a moment to bask in His miracles, to absorb His teaching, to take in the crowds and maybe allow some of His residual glory to fall on them. But Jesus is always on the move forward – always moving toward His destination and inviting them to travel with Him.

There’s a verse in Mark 10:32 that makes me laugh: “They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid.” That’s me on the road with Jesus – half the time astonished, the other half afraid.

I so understand these guys, Jesus’ disciples. I mean, they’ve just seen Jesus perform miracles, heard Him teach about how hard it is for anyone to be saved, watched Him welcome children into His arms and set them up as examples for all and now He’s moving them on toward Jerusalem explaining on the way that when they reach Jerusalem, He’s going to be betrayed. Shortly thereafter, they’re engaged in a debate about who gets to sit on His left or right when He comes into power. I’m just like that.

For much of my life, I’ve been up for hitting the road with Jesus pretty regularly but this year felt different. Maybe because I’m forty-eight – very mid-life. He and I have been walking this road for a lot of years and I’ve been feeling a yen to take a nap in the poppy field. Haven’t I learned enough? Haven’t I grown enough? Haven’t I risked enough times? Haven’t I reached out enough, been stretched enough, been tested enough? Can’t we push the pause button on spiritual growth?

Not Jesus. He keeps moving toward our destination and inviting me to travel with Him. And there I am with the other disciples – astonished. With the other followers – afraid. But like the disciples I am compelled by Jesus, I know He is the genuine article, I know He is the key, the door, the gateway to the greatest adventure in the universe and as appealing as it is to snooze with the pretty poppies on the side of the road – He is the road, the Way and He is a traveling show.

What does this mean really? Having loved Him, worshipped Him, studied Him and followed Him for over forty-five years, there is more and I can choose to hang back, rest on past progress, share testimonies from old adventures and settle on sanctification lite or I can continue to follow close at His heels even if it means entering my soul’s Jerusalem.

The poppy field is so pretty, so appealing, and a nap would be so restful but I choose to be awake because generations before me waited for His appearance and I’ve been offered a ticket to ride. I don’t want to miss a thing.

How about you?

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  1. Cheri says:

    Lori,

    Your words are an echo of my own heart these days. Must be that mid-century year mark in life… the old bod’s just not as peppy as it used to be.

    Some days I wake up and think Again? Another day? But then I consider the alternative, which for the saved person means a blessed eternity in the presence of our heavenly Father. And again, I think Another day, Lord? Again? I’m tired of this world and all the hard stuff.

    Then echoes in my mind the phrase I long to hear: “Well, done my good and faithful servant.” Yes, that’s why I do it. That’s why I get up each day and put one foot in front of the other. I want to be His good and faithful servant.

    And then I think Yes, again! Thank you, Lord! Yes, again!

    Thanks for your post. As always, it was insightful, challenging, and a blessing…

    Cheri

  2. Andrea says:

    How did you know how desperately I needed this…I long to roll in the poppies and Jesus is moving me far beyond them.

    Blessings, andrea

  3. See how wonderful it is to know we aren’t alone in following or faltering or fearing? Thanks for weighing in on this Cheri and Andrea! Good to know you’re on the same journey! God bless. No napping today. 🙂

  4. Mike says:

    Appropriate locale for the place to rest today, Lori. “In Flanders Fields, the poppies grow…”

  5. Hadn’t made the Flanders Field connection, Mike. Thanks!

  6. That’s something that Jesus has been impressing me with lately…how surprising He is! He just refuses to stay in our little boxes, doesn’t He?

    And aren’t we glad?

    Thanks for this post.