Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you (Isaiah 60:1).

In the animal kingdom there is a very small, strange critter known as a tardigrade. It has been spotted on mountaintops and in the deepest oceans, in tropical forests, and in the Antarctic.

He’s tiny-only about 1 millimeter (the thickness of a dime) in length. He can endure temperatures from minus 328 degrees to plus 324 degrees, survive a lack of oxygen and water, or continue to exist under the pressure of a vacuum. He has been revived after a decade of a death-like sleep without water; when he’s moistened, he immediately springs back to life.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, sometimes I feel like a tardigrade. I allow my life to become dull, flat, and death-like. Occasionally, I’m even tempted to withdraw into my shell and elude the challenge of daily living.

But there is good news. Perspectives, attitudes, and the whole of life can be refreshed when “moistened” with renewed purpose and a reinvigorated prayer life. When I’ve found myself spiritually asleep, I know that I can ask God’s Holy Spirit to awaken me from my slumber. He’s always willing to revitalize my spirit.

God of life, touch my being with Your renewing, revitalizing power. Refresh me in the joy of Your salvation. Through Christ I pray. Amen.

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