I am now the proud parent of two kids. Our oldest is Aniston who is 3 years old right now and our youngest Easton who is 6 months.
When Easton was born my wife and I had been enjoying approximately 2.5 years of uninterrupted sleep. That’s right, since my daughter was 3 months old she was sleeping twelve beautiful hours every night. We could drive a dump truck filled with fireworks over whoopee cushions through the living room and she would sleep through it. It was awesome….I repeat AWESOME!
Our son must have not gotten the memo about this feature on a child when the chromosomes were hooking up. I say that because ever since he’s been born he has never slept through the night. Not even close. Approximately 3:00 AM every day he will start to cry. This begins the dance between Easton’s pacifier and us every fifteen minutes until 7:00 AM.
Four hours of a zombie-like dance that would cause a grown man to cry. Yes, the man writing this has cried in the wee hours of the morning as he looks at a baby he loves more than his own life but would give any sum of money for it just be quiet!
At this point I don’t know if either my wife or I remember what true REM sleep is. On top of that it’s amazing what whacked out dreams you can have in 15 minutes, but that is another blog all together.
The idea of sleep or rest is one of the most basics of bodily functions. You don’t have to be taught or trained how to sleep. Granted quantity of sleep is an acquired taste, the act of sleeping is a standard feature on all models of human beings. We all do it and we all need it.
Sleep allows our bodies to reset, recharge, heal, power down, and recover from the day that was and prepare for the day to come. It is a gift from God that even allows us to meditate and connect with Him in our REM cycles.
Throughout Scripture we see our heroes resting. From Elisha to Jesus time after time we see retreat to recharge the batteries. So not only does this show that they were human and
We all need time to get away to recharge, retreat, and refocus our self back to God without distraction.
My friend Dr. Casey Tygrett has great insight into this in his book The Jesus Rhythm which you can get for free by clicking here. In it Dr. Tygrett looks at the life of Jesus and the rhythm that He ascribed himself too. Time and time again we see heavy seasons of ministry followed by retreat and rest with the Father.
I hate to pull on the theology of the wristband of the 80’s, but WWJD seems to be answered well throughout Scripture. Jesus would take time to rest and we need to find ways to do that too. He even went so far as to offer to be the source of spiritual rest for us!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
Jesus offers us a rest that beyond understanding, but to grasp I think we need to be rested ourselves so we can think clearly about what that means.
Granted I know this looks different for every person. As the father of a small uncooperative baby boy my time of rest may not be seen until March when my wife and I go on vacation, but I do know that I can find other ways to disconnect so I can reconnect with God. I just need to make the choice to do it.
I pray you find retreat, recharging, and refocus this week so you can understand more how much God truly loves you.