On Monday, I left work early feeling bad. I had not felt good for a few days. It was going to be useless for me to stay at work, so I went home. I changed clothes, climbed into my recliner and slept for about two hours.
When I woke up, I felt better. I had a better attitude. My perspective was clearer.
In short, I was better than before.
I wondered if there was a spiritual side to sleep.
I thought back to when Elijah fought the priests on the mountain. After winning, he was on top of the world. Then Jezebel threatened his life and he fled. He went into the wilderness, sat down under a tree and slept. When he woke up, an angel provided food and he ran for forty days to Mount Horeb. There he received further ministering from the Lord.
The point of this story is not sleep. However, it’s not something to be ignored.
Elijah was at his wit’s end. He had just had a huge spiritual victory. His life was threatened. He was stressed and he left the area in a hurry. He didn’t seem to be taking care of himself.
The first thing he did when he got away was sit down and sleep.
It wasn’t to go to the temple.
It wasn’t to go have fellowship.
It wasn’t prayer.
It wasn’t to sacrifice.
It was sleep.
Elijah slept. Then he ate and drank. He got off by himself.. He spent time with Lord
All proceeded by sleep.
Sometimes we just need to rest. Sometimes that can be the most spiritual things we can do.
Do you want a boost to your spiritual life?
The first thing you might want to do is make sure you are getting the proper rest and sleep.
Maybe we should make sleep a spiritual discipline.
Do you get the proper amount of sleep? Can you tell a difference in your spiritual life based on the amount of sleep you get?
It’s Twiterrific Thursday, where I write 140 words or less about a subject. Today it’s vacation.
I need a vacation. You might have seen me tweet that if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Yes, I need a vacation.
It’s been four years since I’ve really gone somewhere on vacation. I just realized that the other day. I don’t think that is healthy. Sometimes you just need to get away. It doesn’t count as a real vacation if you stay home and do yard work. Or anything else for that matter.
I think God designed us for vacations. Well, He didn’t call them vacations. He gave Adam and Eve and Israel a day off every week for rest. A day off to rest and spend time with God. Time for God. Time to rest.
I think that’s what our vacations should be. Time spent with God. Time resting. God and rest go together.
Do you need a vacation? Do you need to spend time with God? Do you need rest?