One of my dogs’ favourite places to be at some point every day is IN my lap, leaning AGAINST my chest, up UNDER my chin.
Maybe the better question is - Why NOT?
Why wouldn’t he want to get as close as he can?
As close to my heartbeat as he can?
And one day I went so far as to seek to match my breaths to his.
And you know what happened?
For a moment my heart and respiration rate slowed and there was an internal rest. A peace. No matter what had to be done next or what I was in the middle of. There was this moment of internal quiet.
I consider this invitation from Jesus.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30
And I wonder why I don’t follow my dog’s lead (so to speak).
And climb up into the lap of Christ.
And lean against Him.
And match my breath to His.