Friday, October 10, 2014

Sleep & Jesus

Ok, the sole purpose of that title was to catch your attention. What in the world do sleep and Jesus have to do with each other?

This week has been a little rough for me, although today is going better. I've had a number of little things...I got over a cold but developed some kind of inner-ear thing which caused a lot of dizziness. I also had a day where work stuff got super busy and I (temporarily) felt quite overwhelmed. Add to that a couple of good but long days, and I was running a little ragged.

However, there was one thing that was the main thing that caused my week to be rough - Sleeplessness. Wednesday I woke up at 3:30 AM and never got back to sleep. Thursday I woke up at 5:15 AM and never got back to sleep. Those two days of bad sleep affected everything else.

  • I was more "snippy" then usual
  • I was not patient in parenting my son
  • I couldn't focus at work
  • My heart was racing
  • I had super bad congestion and itchy eyes (don't ask why, but sleeplessness always causes this symptom in my body).

To put it another way, if I had slept better those nights, EVERYTHING else would have been much easier to deal with. Sleep is a HUGE part of our overall well-being and a lack of sleep shows itself everywhere.

This got me thinking - is there something in the spiritual realm which is comparable to sleep? I think there is...

"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." (John 15:5-7)

Hmmm - did you see that? There's a word in there, one little word that carries so much promise for us. It's the word "abide." What does abide mean? The word abide literally means "continue without fading or being lost." So put that definition into the verse and read it again...

"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who [continues] in me [without fading or being lost] bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing..."

We can do many things that will amount to little fruit...we do this when we "fade away" from Christ. Or, we can make sure our lives count and bear much fruit...we do this by abiding in Him. If this is true and I believe it is, then our #1 goal in life should be to maintain this "abiding" relationship with Jesus. Let's do it!

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