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Rest Stops

Written by Sue Harrison

I recently read a Facebook post written by my cousin Libby, and I couldn’t resist sharing it here. By the way, Libby’s granddaughters, Lucy and Keira, call her “Bibby.”

Here’s Libby’s post:

“We are playing restaurant, ‘Kibooki’ restaurant. Lucy is the chef and server, Keira is the dessert chef. I say very politely to Lucy, ‘Could you please tell me where your restroom is?’ She gives me a long look and says, ‘Bibby, if you are tired you can just rest at your table.’”

After I read Libby’s post, I laughed and laughed, until I imagined myself in a somewhat similar conversation with the Lord.

I’m seated at a table in a beautiful “restaurant.” The Lord is the Restaurant Owner,  the Chef, and the Server. The table is life, and I am so very blessed, beyond blessed, but there are moments when I long to be excused from what is required of me in this very blessed life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I didn’t have to clean my father-in-law’s bathroom today? Or wash three loads of clothes? Or attend that committee meeting tonight? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend every day doing only what I want to do?

Except, do I really want to excuse myself from that table?

At the “Kibooki Restaurant,” Libby played the part of loyal customer and patron. At the restaurant of life, when I complain incessantly about my duties and chores, there’s nothing loyal about my whining. I’m closing my eyes to God’s blessings.

I love the poetry of the Psalms. In Psalm Twenty-Three, King David tells us that the Lord prepares a table for us, that he anoints our heads, and fills our cups. That he blesses our lives with an overflow of mercy and goodness. Forever.

And I hear the Lord say to me, as Lucy in all her childhood wisdom said to her beloved Grandma, “Bibby, if you need a rest, then just rest at your table.”

Kibooki Restaurant story Copyright, 2014, Elizabeth Bailey. Story used with permission.

About the author

Sue Harrison

BIO: Novelist Sue Harrison is best known for her Alaska trilogies. Her novels, national and international bestsellers, have been published in more than 20 countries in 13 different languages. Her novel Mother Earth Father Sky was named by the American Library Association as a Best Books for Young Adults. Sue lives with her husband in Michigan, but has family here in Nebraska and love Nebraska’s rich history. She is currently writing romantic suspense for the inspirational market. Catch up with Sue on her website and blog – www.sueharrison.com .