I’m one of those people who feels a little rough around the edges if I haven’t had enough sleep. Rising early has always been my Achilles heel.
And then something happened that changed everything. I moved from the East to West coast, and the move completely reset my circadian rhythm. Suddenly, I had a difficult time sleeping in later than five in the morning.
I became one of those type-A personalities who’s up before the rest of the world while even the sun is still sleeping. I awoke to think, pray, meditate, write, work, and I must say that it was exhilarating. There is something about the morning hours that hold a peacefulness that’s absent throughout the rest of the day. It was a tranquility that I was truly enjoying.
But then my husband questioned my sanity. For years, we had been an eccentric pair of night owls working in perfect synchrony and reveling in the late night hours – up at 2 AM watching movies and giggling in the dark like children.
My husband’s clock didn’t reset. Our schedules became less and less aligned until he finally said “You have to stop waking up so early.” Setting my clock forward a mere hour completely threw my circadian rhythm off. It seems like such a small sliver of time, but it felt like a giant leap. I started to drag throughout the day. I was tired, exhausted even.
My behavior became increasingly robotic. I was sleep-walking and going through the motions.
I moved my wake-up time up an inch – 7:30 AM.
I’ve learned that when you don’t get enough sleep, everything else in your life falls out of sync. Your productivity declines, your mental acuity flies out the door, and you aren’t able to process information very well so you make poor decisions.
And so, this is what happens when your life becomes burdensome, and your life gets weary. Everything declines.
In Matthew 11 Yeshua says something so beautiful. He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Your body needs sleep. You need sleep to detoxify your mind, and you need sleep to rejuvenate your cells and properly manage your immune system… you need sleep.
Your body is a machine that is fearfully made, but you must give it rest. Yeshua offers us rest. He offers to take away our burdens. Yeshua came for people who don’t have enough hours in the day and whose fringe hours are infringed upon by the cares of life. He came for people rocked with insomnia because of apprehension about the future – these are the people that Yeshua wants to come to Him for rest.
But this rest has nothing to do with the circadian rhythm. His rest properly syncs our spiritual rhythm. When our spiritual rhythm is on the right track, the rest of our life falls into place – our spiritual quality of life is enhanced. In the same way that you need sleep to enhance your physical quality of life, the same thing happens in your spiritual life when you don’t get enough rest… so rest in Yeshua.