Rest can seem like a headache. As humans, we are always running, often until our wicks burn out. Even then, we are still running on no wick, just candle wax. It is so vital, crucial even, that we get the rest our bodies need in order to function to our best capability. As a current college student, I can assure you that I am by no means a follower of this important truth. Even in high school I struggled with getting the rest I needed to fully be present in every class or event. As an image bearer of Christ, concern about rest has been an idea most gleaming on my heart, especially upon a recent occasion of sleeping through my class.
Being as transparent as I am, I can be totally honest about the embarrassing fact that I overslept past my 11 a.m. class last week. Sometimes I often pretend I am invincible, like sleep is for the weak. In all actuality, I am weak. We are all weak. I lie to myself on a daily basis by reassuring myself that I am a nocturnal being. There is some truth in this, considering I am not a wake up on “first, second, or even fifth alarm” type of lady. Through this, however, by no means am I saying poor sleeping habits are something to take pride in. I think being able to recuperate is really important to not only being physically present, but also mentally and spiritually present as well.
In order to be there for my friends, I cannot merely be physically present. In any relationship, it takes enthusiasm and general concern for one another. Spiritual presence is definitely of value. In order to have an authentic relationship, emotions have to be able to be reciprocated.
Rest is an integral aspect of being able to be present because I do not know about ya’ll, but I am not myself when I am tired, delirious… am I even human? Point is, nobody wants to see my grumpy side and it’s kind of hard to spread the gospel when you are a Grinch yourself.
Also, I want everyone to realize rest is more than just getting adequate sleep. Rest is having high spirits mentally, physically, and emotionally. When I do not get sleep for long amounts of time, yes, I am not physically rested, but also what is weighing on me spiritually and mentally? Sleep is not the only factor in being well rested.
I encourage you all to take a breather. In times of deep stress in this “mid-term exam” period, it is important to let go and let God. Often we forget to just take a minute and breathe, and sometimes that is the one thing that is most needed in such a time. I often forget to take a breath. Usually I just keep stressing. It is important to take a minute to yourself every now and then (and it doesn’t need to be very long at all) to just write it out through poetry, story-telling, music. It can even be devotional time, drawing, or meditation. If you can make time for other people in the day, there is definitely time that can be made for yourself. So, my challenge is to relax, but let us not get too carried away!