Parents throughout time have suffered from a lack of sleep. It is probably the first thing you learn about being a parent. Babies don’t let you sleep. I’d love to say it gets better, but kids don’t really let you either! No matter what time you put them to bed they are always up early! So when will we ever get any rest?
It is very difficult to function on very little sleep. Everything seems harder and seems to take longer. The day seems to drag on and on forever. If you are so sleep deprived, all you can think about is getting some sleep. Just a tiny little nap will help you get through the rest of the day. This routine goes on for awhile when you have a new baby. It can also go on when you have a sick child that keeps you up all night or if you have a very early riser that doesn’t ever allow you to sleep in.
As parents, you put your children first and do what needs to be done with or without a sufficient amount of sleep. Now that my children are older, I can appreciate the amount of sleep they allow me to get without interruption. I can function better at work, I have more energy to get daily housework done, and my focus all day long is not when bedtime is.
We can think about our faith in the same way. If we deprive it of God’s Word for too long, it can start to fail to function. Perhaps, it isn’t too noticeable in our daily lives at first. However, over an extended period of time, our faith will start to wither. Just like our bodies need sleep to function well, our faith needs God’s Word just as much. God’s promises and reassurances are so important to hear regularly. God gives us the strength to a make it day after day. “Come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
God strengthens our bodies and souls and gives us what we need. He provides the rest our body needs and soul yearns for. So while you still need to get as much sleep as you can, you also need to get as much of God’s Word as you can!
Dear God, We know you will take care of us and provide for us. Help us to draw from your Word. the strength we need each day. Daily remind us that you are our strength and salvation. Amen.