I’m in the middle of menopause. And it’s kicking my tail. I’m unmotivated and cranky. I’m achy in all the joints. I’m exhausted. I’m hot and sweaty. I’m moody and plump. And I’m not sleeping well at night.
So there is a distinct desire to catch a cat nap throughout the day.
The best chance for that cat nap? It’s Sunday afternoon. We’ve already attended to morning chores. We’ve gone to worship at church. I’ve got dinner cooking and 9/10 times my son and husband are out fishing in the afternoon. A perfect time for a snooze.
This decadent treat of a mid-day sleep normally occurs on the couch. But I’ve fallen asleep on my back porch chairs and even on the swing bench by the firepit. It doesn’t matter where I fall asleep on a Sunday afternoon…what matters is my weary body readily accepts this gift of sweet sleep.
In Proverbs, we can read about this type of sleep. “If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” ~Proverbs 3:24 (ESV)
Part of the sweetness of this type of sleep is giving God my worries which often leads to my troubled sleepless nights. Worry and regret weigh heavily on our minds, which often makes it hard to relax into slumber. Solomon is a great example of someone who rejects foolishness by asking God for wisdom. Part of wisdom is allowing those worries to not weigh us down.
The wise among us, make prayerful decisions, trust the Lord with outcomes, and can sleep through the night like it’s a glorious Sunday afternoon nap.
I’m praying this week that we are all wise, prayerful, and granted full nights of restful sleep (or maybe even the occasional nap)!