The Gift of Sleep
Ever since my college days I have been a night owl or as my husband of seventeen years says; I suffer from insomnia. Every night of our marriage he has been asleep within a minute of his head touching his pillow. He goes to bed happy and wakes up happy. Always wakes me up greeting me with: Good Morning Sunshine time to get up!
For whatever reason, I would lay there for hours thinking of what I had to do - so I would get up then do laundry, clean house, work on my computer because I was connected to work, or schedule my calendar for the next day at work.
Not once did I ever think about how my actions were disturbing his sleep or mine.
I described my inability to sleep to a friend and this week she sent me this article from her devotional "The Gift of Sleep".
Sleep is essential for good health. Scientists don’t know exactly why we need it but they know what happens when we don’t get enough. We put ourselves at risk of premature aging, weight gain, and diseases ranging from colds and flu to cancer. What God accomplishes in our bodies while we drift off to dreamland is nothing short of miraculous. While we do nothing, God replenishes our energy, rebuilds and restores our cells, and reorganizes information in our brains.
The reasons for not getting enough sleep are many, and some we can’t solve, but the Bible indicates that overwork should not be one of them (Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late . . ., for so He gives His beloved sleep.) Sleep is a GIFT from God that we should receive with gratitude.
If we’re not getting enough, we need to find out why. Are we rising early and staying up late to earn money to acquire things we don’t need? Are we involved in ministry efforts that we think no one else is capable of doing?
I’m sometimes tempted to believe that the work I do when I’m awake is more important than the work God does while I sleep. But refusing God’s GIFT OF SLEEP is like telling Him that my work is more important than His.
God does not want anyone to be a slave to work. He wants us to enjoy His GIFT OF SLEEP. [Julie Ackerman Link]
The Love of God is my pillow,
Soft and healing and wide,
I rest my soul in its comfort,
And in its calm I abide. – [Long]
If we do not come apart and rest awhile, we may just plain come apart. – [Havner]
It is wonderful how God works because this article was her devotional for January 12th, my only son's birthday.
Tonight I am going to think about the replenishment and nourishment God is giving to me when I lay my head on my pillow. I will never think of sleep the same again.
Such a wonderful GIFT Our Heavenly Father is giving us…