Sleep… This word has been on my mind this weekend. During this time of “unrest” and “pause” (although the pause seems to be ending), I actually had trouble sleeping at times. So much to process, so much to consider…

And yet, sleep is important to our bodies. I was reminded of this after a sleep over my girls hosted this past weekend. I remember the days of being able to stay up until 3 am… This time it affected me. I felt slow and groggy in the morning.

Sleep. We all need it. God commands us to take a day of rest. He may not slumber or sleep, but our physical bodies require it.

There are many verses about sleep. Here are a few:

Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

One of my favorites is Psalm 127:2 In vain do you get up early and put off going to bed, working hard to earn a living; for he provides for his beloved, even when they sleep.

A Promise that HE never sleeps…

Psalm 121:3-4 He will not let your foot slip —your guardian is not asleep. No, the guardian of Isra’el never slumbers or sleeps.

Do you put off going to bed? Do you get up early thinking it will “bring you wealth?” Getting up early is okay, but when we do it for the wrong reasons and with the wrong understanding about WHO is providing for us, than why rise early? The verse in Psalms tells us that HE provides even when we sleep!

I truly believe that if we are TRUSTING Him, than HE does provide! HE takes care of those who follow Him. I’m not saying, “Don’t work.” The Word of God is clear that we are not to be lazy. However, too much work is also unhealthy. Too much activity, and constantly being on the go, takes a toll on our bodies.

As we prepare to enter another Shabbat, remind yourself that YOU are important and that your body NEEDS rest. Don’t try to “plow through” another event or crazy schedule because you think you have to be a part of ALL that is out there.

The “quarantine” happened for a reason. It should show us that we don’t HAVE to participate in everything. It should show us that we can have time for “us.” You don’t have to be involved in everything around you. You need time for YOU!

Shabbat Shalom…

Enjoy some sleep!

Rose Horton