The most tired I have ever been in my life was at the end of a 30 day adventure in Thailand in 2008. I was still trying to adjust to the time change on the other side of the planet. And I had a 21 hour flight to suffer through. I remember very little from that flight. I slept…hard. I was exhausted.
I remember the lady sitting next to me at the beginning of the flight had changed seats, mostly because I snored. I’m sure drool from my open mouthed sleeping sealed the deal. I slept all the way home. And then I slept all night after I made it home.
I still battle with time changes. Just the one hour for daylight savings is a killer to my sensitive body. I might finally adjust in time for the fall time change. Maybe.
Leviticus 23:3 ESV
“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.
Many times on this life change journey I have come across a plateau of energy. It usually takes me a week or two to realize I have simply been trying too hard and have not been listening to my body and my spirit.
We need rest. Now, I am not talking about being lazy; I already am by default. I am talking about taking the time needed to rest, spiritually and physically. I am talking about taking time to spend with family, enjoying fellow humanity, and having fun.
This past Friday, I completed a stretch of nearly two solid weeks without a day off. By the time Friday came around, I was simply unable to function. Friday night, I picked up my daughter for a weekend of just me and her time. It was an absolute salve to my soul. I needed it desperately, and I suspect she needed it too.
Mark 2:27 ESV
And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Sleep is so important to our health. So is just taking the day off. Once a week, take a day off. Relax. Do something different. Stop doing the norm, for just one day, every week.