REST FOR BODY AND SOUL

December 29, 2019

The holiday season for 2019 is over. Many people sigh – “Finally”.  It’s always a special time of the year to my family and probably to most other people, too.  But beginning with Thanksgiving and going through Christmas, it’s a very busy several weeks.

By the end of these festive days, many people get worn out physically and maybe even a little mentally.  I know Sandra was literally exhausted.  All her cooking, keeping the house clean and presentable for all the company we’ve had is just a lot of hard work.  Even though Rachel helped, it’s still a little overwhelming.  And then there’s all the shopping that has to be done.  So it’s no wonder many people say they are glad it’s all over for another year.

We have to rest and recuperate sometimes.  God even commanded rest for body and soul.  And He set a great precedent for resting.  The Bible says that after God created everything and concluding after six days, that on the seventh day He rested.

Eventually, when God gave Moses the ten commandments for all humanity, one of them said to rest on the Sabbath day and to keep it holy unto God.

If God, our Creator, knew we needed rest for both body and soul, we should obey Him.  After all, He is always right, and knew we needed to rest.

The Bible is full of references for us to rest.  And that sometimes means sleep.  Good sleep.  The book of Proverbs especially addresses sleep. The need for sleep, but not too much of it to the point of slothfulness.

Our bodies were created with a miraculous ability to heal ourselves. But we must do our part to stay well. Don’t abuse your body physically by doing things we know are harmful, such as what we eat or don’t eat, or what non-food chemicals we can harm our bodies with.

And that means to get enough rest and sleep. The New Testament tells many stories of even Jesus saying that He and His disciples needed to go aside and rest.

Years ago I read a very informative newspaper article written by a doctor who specialized in treating people with sleeping disorders.  He had spent his entire medical career studying sleep and its benefits.  He said that he hated to admit it, but sleep experts didn’t know all the benefits of sleep.  For example: why does sleep benefit one so much more than an equal amount of time lying in bed just resting, but not sleeping?  But we do recognize the importance of rest and sleep.

I’ve had a problem with insominia all my life.  And I know that sleep deprivation, whether voluntarilly or not, can be detrimental to your health–both physically and mentally.

Five years ago I had to have a hip replacement.  Nothing went right.  For one, I got a bad staph infection and spent 58 days in the hospital.  It was a terrible time.  I literally though I was going to die. Another of the problems was that I couldn’t sleep.

When I got out of the hospital, I was so behind on my work around the house and in the church, I just really overdid things.  One morning I took our dog to a groomer about 40 miles away.  Then later that afternoon I had to go pick her up.  On the way home, I was so tired and sleepy that, on a straight stretch of road, I just went to sleep at the wheel, ran off the road and through a man’s yard and ran into a hugh oak tree.  Thankfully, I was wearing my seat belt and the airbag deployed, and I wasn’t seriously injured.

It completely totaled out my brand new car.  That was okay, as one can always buy a new car.  But what if I had been killed?  Or what if I had run into another car and maybe killed someone else?

It was a very unwise thing for me to be driving when I was so tired.  We can not think right when we’re real tired; our reflexes aren’t as responsive, and we can really get stressed out from a lack of sleep and rest.

The above examples are just some of the reasons God told us to rest.! The Sabbath is to be set aside for God. Once a man was caught gathering sticks for a fire and he was executed for breaking God’s law.

There are exceptions, of course.  Even Jesus said that if an ox falls in a ditch, you have to get him out, even if it is on a sabbath.

How does one get his best rest?  Isaiah 8:12 lists just one way.  It states, “This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing…”

In other words, we receive rest by following God’s instructions.

I could write a lot more on this topic, but I try to keep theses posts short so people don’t have to spend too much time reading them. So I must close.

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley