Have you ever considered what an incredible blessing sleep is?
Go without it for a couple of nights, and you will be very thankful when you finally sleep the night through, dreamlessly and without any discomfort.
I got a steroid shot in my left sacroiliac joint on Friday. It’s been a while since I had my first one, and I’d forgotten how the steroid affects me.
Friday night was a night of sleeplessness. I’d drift off, only to wake up in 15 or 20 minutes. I needed the bathroom at least half-a-dozen times during the night, another unpleasant side effect I’d forgotten. By the time I gave up and got up, around 6:30 in the morning, I was worn out but wired. Not a good combination. I went to get a haircut, then did a little shopping. By the time I got home, my body wanted bed. I tried, but was still unable to sleep. That’s the strangest feeling, to be physically weary but unable to sleep.
Last night was so, so much better. When my alarm went off at six this morning, I was shocked out of a deliciously comfortable sleep. My head is still muzzy, and I’m pretty sure I could go back to bed and sleep like a baby for several more hours.
Here are some Bible verses about sleep, a gift that God wired into us at our creation. Thank You, Lord, for the gift of sleep:
Psalm 127:2 “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
Proverbs 3:24 “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
Job 11:19 “You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.”
Psalm 4:8 “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for you, LORD, only make me dwell in safety.”
1 Kings 19:5 “He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.”
Matthew 8:24 “And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.”
Jeremiah 31:26 “At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.”