Tuesday, June 10, 2008

to sleep perchance to dream

Sleeping is one daily habit we just can't do without.  In some respects it seems like a waste of about 1/3 of our lives.  We could be "doing something" with all that time.  Why should it be necessary to shut down for such a long period each day?  Physiologically there are many reasons that our bodies need to "recharge".  Our brains, our immune systems, our muscles, our digestive tracts all need to rest and regroup.  Experiments have shown how almost all of our body functions rapidly decline if sleep is severely neglected.  I think there is a parallel to our spiritual lives.  Just as there are times of great activity in the Lord, so there is a need for rest.  There is a need for fresh input from the Lord and there is a need to "start fresh" by addressing areas of sin that have gummed up the works.  We weren't made to be in constant motion all the time on a physical or spiritual level.  I especially like the "fresh start" aspect that a night of rest demonstrates.  As you come out of the fog of a deep sleep you realize that the new day is like a clean slate...a story that waits to be written.  So it is with the Lord.  Each day is a fresh chance to greet Him, to walk with Him and to experience Him.  We need new beginnings to continue our growth.
Psalm 4:8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
         For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Rob Smith

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