Another Night in Prison, With Squirrels

Do you ever lay there as tossed and turned on the outside as you are on the inside? I do. With me, it is always worry that wearies my sleep most. And all that work is like chasing maniacal Squirrels around a prison cell. It’s not just tiring, it’s soul-crushing. All that energy in my head is wasted on nothing. And Jesus was pretty clear about it: Do not worry.

Make it stop? Someone? Please? I just want to sleep!
“Get up.”
“Get up. Leave with me.”
Are you NUTS?!
“Hurry! GET UP!”
So I get up, and the chains fall off.

The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Other soldiers were guarding the door of the jail. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord stood there, and a light shined in the cell. The angel struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Hurry! Get up!” the angel said. And the chains fell off Peter’s hands. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And Peter did. Then the angel said, “Put on your coat and follow me.” So Peter followed him out,…
Acts 12:6-9 NCV

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:25-34 NIV

Drafted in my head
in the dark
in bed
chasing them around the lumps of
comfort-less pillows and knotted covers
I really wish them head-squirrels were dead

The story so far: No rocks. No gavel. Do not judge. Do not worry. Get up. Let your chains fall off. Walk out of the prison.


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