I get excited, no…strike that, giddy when I realize that I can finally go to sleep. I’ve actually found myself grinning as I jump into my bed and giggling (a tad insanely) as I snuggle under my big fuzzy blankets. I lay there reveling in the fact that I’m actually here!! In bed!! Going to sleep!! It is an amazing experience.
But, what is sleeps’ purpose? I know that sometimes I actually use sleep to escape from my problems or as an excuse to delay what I know I need to accomplish. Wrong.
Proverbs has harsh words for people who sleep too long and neglect the work that God has set before them.
“How long will you lie down, O lazy person? When will you rise up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little rest, a little folding of the hands to rest, and being poor will come upon you like a robber, and your need like a man ready to fight.” – Prov. 6:10-11(NLT)
“Do not love sleep, or you will become poor. Open your eyes, and you will be filled with food.” – Prov. 20:13(NLT)
Slight ouch, no? But God also has words like this;
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” –Psalm 127:1-2 (ESV)
Here’s what I am seeing as I read through Scripture (there is obviously so much more than what I’ve noted here), sleep is like food—it is necessary and it is enjoyable but it’s proper place is in moderation and in need.
So going forward, I will continue to be excited when I get to go to bed after a long day of school, work, basketball (yes it’s a game…but it’s painful and draining too) and the emotional ups and downs of my life. I will thank the Lord for the blessing of rest. Yet, I will also not stay too long in my comfy bed. I only need so much rest, and the excess time spent under the covers needs to be cut off and put to better usage in spending more time with the Lord, in my studies etc.