My heart sings this morning… I just want to be where He is.
I woke up this morning much earlier than I had to and was unable to get back to sleep. And instead of killing time on my phone or fighting for a few more minutes of sleep, I got out of bed and took to my mat. I was distracted and spacey for sure. My brain was everywhere and my body was stiff.
But there was a tug on my heart from the Holy Spirit: PRAY. PRAY. PRAY.
So I prayed. And so often, my mind would get pulled from my prayer and into something else. Tiredness and sleepiness are stumbling blocks, aren’t they?!
I think that’s one of the reasons why Jesus beckons us to Himself and offers to trade yokes with us. He says in Matthew 11:28 (GWT) “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.”
Every single one of us is carrying our own loads: stress from work, family, friends, church, insecurities, unmet expectations, disappointments, etc, etc. And Christ who knows our hearts, who knows us as we are fully human because He also lived a fully human life, know this distracts us from Him. A lack of rest because of worry, stress, or work – anything we’re doing to make us tired is something we’re doing outside of the power of God- robs us of faith. It steals our joy. And a joyless, faithless life is a loveless life and that’s not what Christ died for us to have. He said abundant life, life to the full. And a tired, sleepy, distracted life isn’t life to the full.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)
Sleep is necessary and it IS from God. (Amen and hallelujah, am I right?) But a weary soul and a tired heart, numb, staying in bed longer than the body requires is not from God.
It’s my prayer and my heart that the glory of God in Christ Jesus would just manifest itself in me, in US – we’re all the Body of Christ, together. It’s not just a personal relationship, but a communal one also – and that the Breath of Life would awaken these tired, dry bones to life, casting out that sleepy, weary spirit back to hell where it came from. Jesus is my rest and my peace. I am no longer heavy burdened by this life, because He is the LIFE, amen?!