What Am I Grateful for Today? Sleep

37 Gale-force winds arose, and waves crashed against the boat so that the boat was swamped. 38 But Jesus was in the rear of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. They woke him up and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re drowning?” (Mark 4:37-38, Common English Bible).

Last night, when I sat down to write this morning’s post, I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. I had not slept well for a couple of nights before and I think I was at the point of exhaustion.

I decided, if I wanted to write something coherent, I really needed to put the computer down and go to bed. When I got up I could write the blog.

When I got up this morning, I had a couple of issues I had to address, particularly at the church so I got further delayed. That is why this blog hadn’t been posted before now.

My lack of sleep over the past few days and my total need for sleep last night got me to thinking about how we need sleep. We need rest. We need time for our bodies to recharge for what lies ahead of us.

If I am sleeping good, I never give it a second thought. If, like the past few days of not getting enough or quality sleep, I think of little else.

I had a friend several years ago who used to say, “You sleep when you have nothing better to do.” He would say it tongue cheek. While he probably slept less than most of us, he did sleep and was usually asleep during some of the times most of us are asleep.

Whether you are not getting sleep because of things on your mind or because, like I was the previous three nights, something physical is wrong, it drags you down. The longer things go on that prevent you from sleep, the more you will be unable to function.

God designed us with the need for rest. Remember, after God created the world and all that is in it the first six days, God rested on the seventh day. If we are created in the image of God, that says to me, we need rest as well. We need to take days off to let our minds relax and rest. We also need sleep, rest, each day to keep our minds functioning clearly.

In today’s lesson, the boat the disciples find themselves in is being battered by the wind and waves of a fierce storm. The weather was so bad, their small boat was in danger of being overcome. While all this is going on, Jesus is in the back of the boat, taking a nap. The disciples are not real happy with Jesus because it would seem he doesn’t care. He naps while they die. When they wake Jesus, he orders the wind and the waves to be still. The disciples are then amazed.

The point of all that is not in the story itself. The point is, Jesus needed sleep too. And, if Jesus needed sleep, what would ever make us think we would not. Contrary to my old friend’s saying, “You sleep when you have nothing better to do,” you do need sleep.

When I woke up this morning, I had a good night’s sleep. I was rested. I was feeling awake and alert. I was grateful for that good night’s sleep. But, I also know, that whether I am the one who prevents my sleep tonight or that something else beyond my control prevents sleep, I will be back where I started.

As I woke up this morning, I was grateful for a good night’s sleep.

That is what I am grateful for today. What about you? What are you grateful for today? Write it in your journal. Then, go tell someone. It might be just what they need to awaken their soul.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


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