Counting Sheep

“For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.”

Hebrews 4:4

I remember becoming a dad for the first time, and I was super excited when Nate arrived. We arrived at the hospital the night before and waited 18 hours for him to come. I was tired so I can only imagine what Rebekah felt like after all those hours of labor. We held him with joy and figured he would be just as tired as we were. We were told that babies sleep up to 18 hours a day, so we were excited to get some rest. 

We got to the hospital room after the delivery and (foolishly) declined the nurses taking him to the room where everyone oohs and aahs at the new babies. He started to cry and Rebekah fed him and we figured this would put him to sleep. He slept for 20-30 minutes and repeated the process…all night. Needless to say, we did not get much sleep as he repeated this process for the next 10 months. It seemed as though he didn’t sleep 18 hours in a week, much less in a day. Rebekah and I roamed around like zombies and tried everything to get Nate to sleep, but he fought sleep and was always hungry. 

The first year of Nate’s life was a rough time, and we just desired to go on a date, so we could rush home and sleep for 3 straight hours. Rest is an important part of our physical makeup as well as our spiritual. A lack of rest makes us irritable and we don’t seem to function at full capacity. God incorporated a day of rest because He understood the importance of rest and the pivotal part it plays in our lives. I am grateful Nate now sleeps through the night, and I am happy he can feed himself. 

I have faced times of unrest in my life although I was lying comfortably in bed. I have laid awake with a guilty conscience and even had dreams where I faced the worst consequences I could imagine. I would wake with a heart racing and a soul filled with noise. I had no rest even in my sleep and I struggled with my conscience and worry filled my mind. I must say there are not many things sweeter than a good night’s rest and lying down with a clear conscience before God. God is not about confusion and He is not a God that brings about fear and worry. He wants to give us rest both physically and spiritually. The mind will race with worry and thoughts of fear and discontent, but He calls unto us who are heavy laden and burdened down and offers sweet rest in Him. 

What about you friend? Are you heavy laden and burdened with worry and care? Do you struggle to find rest in your life? Have you come to the One whose burden is light? Have you obeyed in keeping a day of rest just as the Creator of this world sought fit to do? Is there sin in your life that you need to confess, so that you might find rest? May you find rest both spiritually and physically and may you be at your best for Him. Never discount the power of rest, and never be too busy to plug into the source of ultimate rest. May you find rest today and may God give rest unto your soul. 

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