I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately. Maybe it’s been the time change and how just changing our clocks leaves me feeling like I’m missing out on the sleep I need. I know changing our clocks only makes everything an hour earlier, but it feels like I pulled an all-nighter when it’s time to wake up. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like feeling tired. Sometimes I wish I were back in kindergarten and I had nap time every afternoon because life sometimes just makes us tired. It doesn’t matter it it’s caused by changing the clock, or too much on my mind, or too much to do, or too much netflix binging, feeling tired and exhausted makes for a bad day.
Maybe that’s why God tells us to make sure rest is part of doing life with Him. I’m discovering that being rested doesn't come from a good nap or a good night's sleep, rest comes from learning to do life with Jesus.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” - Jesus
Study after study has proven what God has been trying to teach us from the beginning. Rest makes us healthier. Rest makes us less stressed. Rest makes us smarter. Rest makes us nicer. Rest makes our lives better.
Maybe it’s time to wake up and get some real rest in our lives.