Friday, November 7, 2008

Why naps are amazing.

I've been awake for way too long. It started at the National Youth Workers Convention that started last Friday. It was four 16+ hour days that started early and ended late. As a result I got used to staying up late. When we made it home on Monday night I couldn't sleep until after midnight. As a result, I've gotten way to little sleep for the past week. The past two days I've been living off of sweet tea. Today I just want to crash. I want to sleep for days. This could have been avoided if I took naps. Naps aren't the best kind of sleep but they are better than nothing. In college they are almost necessary.

I get the same way when it comes to spending time with God. I get busy and go for long periods of time without spending any time with Him. As a result I just want to crash spiritually. I want to give up and not worry with it anymore. But the more I put it off, the worse off I get. I long for time with God but I don't make time for it. I just keep putting it off.

We can take naps with God. I don't mean that we can snuggle up and catch up on sleep with God. I mean that we can take more brief times with God throughout the day. A lot of people that the only way to grow closer to God is to take a longer period of time (30 min, 1 hour, 40 days) and spend it with Him. I challenge that. Those might be the best ways to spend time with God, but they aren't the only way. Sometimes we can take multiple short times with God throughout the day. It can be a quick prayer. It can be a short time reading a psalm. It can simply stepping outside and thanking God for the beautiful day. (or the rain for that matter)

I'm not saying that these shorter times should replace the longer times. But they are a good way to keep close to God when the longer times just aren't happening.

Perhaps I'll go take a nap right now....