Daily Step – You can’t set an alarm for everything.


“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going.”

Or even what time it’s gonna happen in the end.

This drawing was inspired by my socks.

I got these great socks at Target recently that fit just right and don’t show in my shoes (not an ad). One pair has clocks all over it. 

Yesterday, I was sitting on my couch staring at my socks (what did you do for Mother’s Day?) and so I decided to draw them. Then, of course, I had to hold up my foot and my drawing to my husband and ask “Does it at least look somewhat close?” I’ll spare you his answer.

This morning, however, I can’t get these clocks out of my head. Looking at so many clocks all at once reminds me of just how many alarms I have on my phone to wake me in the morning. I’ve gotten used to the 4:00 AM wake up this year, so I really only need that one alarm. But I’m so paranoid that I’ll sleep in late one day, that I have six more that go off every 15 minutes until 6:30. I am incredibly annoyed by these alarms every day yet I feel I need to keep them for the “just in case.”

I guess I just don’t want to miss anything.

But the truth is the best and worst moments don’t have a precise timetable. They just happen. And it drives me up a wall! I want to know! I want the details! I want to set an alarm please!?

That’s why I love these words of Thomas Merton as a reminder that often what we need instead of a million alarms is a little faith, courage, and hope.

This is my prayer today.

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