If you ever took a look at the time stamp of when I do my blog you will laugh. It is ever so random.
It began as an intentional time when I first woke up, poured my first cup of coffee, and sat and quietly listened and waited for God.
Now not so much. My life has gotten much more hectic. Now it’s when the spirit strikes me. And believe me, the spirit still strikes me.
My sleep patterns are quite irratic. I work both days and nights. I have operated for years being up all night then up all day. My body knows no consistent rest schedule. I usually need very little sleep to get by. But when I stop and sit or recline, I’m usually out. To the world. And I usually achieve instant REM sleep unless something is worrying me that interrupts that routine. My happy place to wind down is curling up on the couch with a Hallmark movie and my dog at my side. Lately for just a few short minutes before I am out. I’ve started the same movie the last several nights and still haven’t managed to finish it.
I usually work nights at the hospital, but this summer I’m working days. Three twelves. I’m up and prepared to begin my work day which begins with taking report at 6:45 a.m. and ends by giving report at 7:15 p.m. Then I head home for dinner, chores or errands, and my evening walk in the park with Dakotah. It makes for a long day.
I’ve always been one to stay up past midnight. Those days that I crash and fall asleep earlier, I’m usually up between 3:00 and 5:00 wide awake.
How about you? How are your sleep patterns? Do you truly rest?
So many people today are always on the go. Burning their candles at both ends. We’re in cars. On planes. We go, go, go. Look at our young children. And what we are teaching them. Preschool at three, dance, swimming, sports, music lessons, no time for sit down family dinners, snacks and meals in the car. Go, go, go. Look at all the commercials for sleep aids. The usage of Ambien. Melatonin. The list goes on. We have conditioned our bodies to go so much that we no longer have the ability to know how to allow them to stop. And rest. We are the masters of multi tasking.
But that is not how God intended it. We are to rest.
Let’s all learn to slow down. Take a deep breath. Or two. And relax. Sit. In silence. Clear our thoughts. And truly rest. Offer our bodies and our souls a little R&R. It’s not a bad thing. A little staycation when we can’t afford the time or expense to take a vacation from this world’s hectic pace.
After a good night’s rest, today I poured a hot steaming cup of coffee, sat down, took a deep breath, thanked the Lord for this beautiful day, then began my blog. Day one of creating a slower, more routine pace. I hope this day offers you, too, a time to slow down, spend some time with the Lord, and to rest.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for He grants sleep to those He loves. Psalm 127:2
Love and laughter,