Not enough I imagine….
Studies show that adults are in need of 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
Teenagers need 8.5-9.5 hours of uninterrupted rest.
And children require 10-14 hours a night to be 100%.
With how little we actually rest, compared to what is required, it’s no wonder so many are so tired.
When I was at the police department I had a friend that I worked nights with, who on his days off would stay up all day the first day, sleep at night the first night, but then stay up all the next day and then, all the next night (for over twenty-four hours). Basically, he missed a night’s (or day’s) rest each week. And he did this for years. He went in to a doctor because he was not feeling well and told the doctor his sleeping pattern (or lack thereof). The doctor told him that he had to get more rest. There was no way around it. Until he got enough sleep there would be no way he could feel like he was supposed to. When he finally started getting enough rest he realized that he had really been walking around in a daze for years because his body and mind were so very tired.
I wonder if you might be tired? If you might be weary right now? Maybe you find yourself depleted. In a season of life that is extremely difficult. Maybe you’re exhaustion comes from trying to spin too many plates. Maybe, as the old folks say, “Your plow is loaded.” Maybe you’ve been trying to do it all on your own but have come to the conclusion that what you’re doing is not working, and you’re simply tired.
When you are emotionally and spiritually exhausted, rest, rest in Christ is the only cure. He persuades, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest“ – Matthew 11:28.
When you are tired. When you are weary. When you are depleted. When you are exhausted. There are no more beautiful words.
Glory to God!