My good friend Debbie over at Just Another 15 Minutes posted a challenge on her blog: to publicly give thanks for a specific aspect of our lives on each of the 30 days in November. I am taking that challenge, and I hope you will join us!
Day 13 – I am thankful for sleep.
Sleep is good. Sleep is necessary. Sleep is underrated. Sleep is scarce around here lately!
We have an eight-month-old. Even on the nights when she sleeps all night, I wake up to check on her, check on her brother, visit the restroom, get a sip of water… will I ever get to sleep through an entire night again? I’m not holding my breath.
So I am thankful for sleep when I can get it.
Sleep rejuvenates the body. Sleep refreshes the soul. We need a respite from the constant soundtrack of our minds, and sleep gives us that much-needed break from consciousness. Sleep is ignorance, and ignorance is bliss.
When Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah and he fled, he fell asleep under a broom tree. An angel ministered to him there, and allowed him to sleep again before he had to start his 40-day journey to Mount Horeb. Sleep rebuilds strength. (See 1 Kings 19)
Jesus and his disciples were in a boat. Jesus was asleep when a terrible storm arose. His disciples woke him up; they were afraid the boat would sink. Jesus could sleep through the storm because He knew that they were safe. Sleep reflects peace. (See Mark 4:35-41)
Thank You, Lord, for sleep – whenever and however it comes. Please renew my strength and refresh my soul through the rest You provide. Amen.