One of the most important tools in the Parents’ Survival Kit is the nap. Parents know that what Mister or Missy Grumpasaurus sometimes need more than anything else is rest. Young children need time to lay down in a quiet place and take a break from the hurricane pace of toddlerhood.
When did we decide that doesn’t apply to adults? Did sleep deprivation become a rite of passage, like earning your driver’s license? We’re “BIG People,” we don’t need to nap; in fact, we don’t even need a good night’s sleep. How foolish is that?
Too often we think that our minds and our spirits can separate themselves from our bodies. Or at least, that “mind over matter,” means if we use our minds, what we do to our bodies doesn’t matter. God knows better.
In Mark 6:31, Jesus told his Apostles to take a break. “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” In Psalm 127, God warns people not to burn the candle at both ends, for “It is vain for you to rise early and put off your rest at night.” God gets the whole nap thing.
He designed us with an eternal being and a mortal being. The two parts work together, but the mortal being gets tired, grumpy, sad, and worried. And when your mortal self is worried or suffering from any other fatigue-related weakness, it’s harder for your spiritual self to do God’s work.
So whether it’s a full Sabbath Day rest, or a quick catnap at your desk, take care of God’s most important creation. Go take a nap.