Sleep, Rest and Sabbath

Sleeping Cat

Have you ever slept for a whole day?

I… almost did. Fairy tales made a way in modern literary sphere where I experienced Sleeping Beauty in me. However, not in century, nor the part where the Prince woke her up with a kiss.  😉

Side note trivia: There’s actually a (colloquial term) Sleeping Beauty syndrome. A disorder formally called Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS), where in a person sleep the whole day and night away, walking only to eat and use the bathroom.

This post is inspired by a tiring and physically demanding week from work, conference and weekend services. And so today, my Sabbath is dedicated for sleeping. I would like to emphasize how important it is to get enough sleep and rest once in a while.

SLEEP

“Sleep is for the weak” they say. And true story, it’s hard to get quality sleep and maintain a healthy lifestyle in the hustle and bustle world that we live in.

For the past few days, I’ve had a hard time sleeping that leaves me  3-5 hours of sleep/day. I noticed that I wake up feeling groggy, not well rested, and can’t concentrate. I know that people who consistently do not get enough quality sleep is at higher risk for conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, headaches and depression. And these are enough reasons for me to have a shift and seriously fight for a quality rest and sleep.

Getting the correct amount of quality sleep is essential to our ability to learn and process memories. Additionally, sleep helps restore our body’s energy, repair muscle tissue and triggers the release of hormones that affect our appetite.

Enough rest will help me do better and enjoy life more. I know it may require a little extra time and effort, but it’s worth it.

REST

Matthew 8 tells us the story where Jesus is sleeping heavily – right through a life-threatening storm.

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping (Matthew 8:23-27)

Jesus himself also needs a nap. His body was designed to sleep every night and to have a rest every week, just like ours. From the story, I think he’s in a deep sleep and was fatigued from several days of intense ministry. On a different story, from the book of Mark, we see the same ministry fatigue setting-in on Jesus’ disciples. He called a ministry timeout, for Himself and his crew.

31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. (Mark 6:31)

And sometimes, we need a timeout too.

SABBATH

The Lord has given the Sabbath day for our benefit. Observing the Sabbath day will bring us closer to the Lord and to our families. It will give us an eternal perspective and spiritual strength.

How often we forget that Sabbath is not a suggestion to consider but a command to obey.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8-11)

For those of you who can’t pause for a moment, or aren’t great sleepers, or get less than you need, consider giving yourself the gift of a week of good, solid rest.

Sleep, rest and keep your Sabbath holy.

Now that I have a well-rested Monday Sabbath day, I am more than excited to go back to work tomorrow! 🙂

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