Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Dreams of Rest?

One thing I'll say for dogs, they know how to sleep. Whether it's all night long or many naps during the day, they get it done. Wish I could say the same for people.

We've been learning about sleep apnea in our house. This is a condition that creeps up on you. A little extra tissue at the back of the throat, a little extra weight on the body, and a lot of loud snoring that doesn't let any near neighbors get a deep sleep.

The symptoms of sleep apnea may include short attention span, irritability, and daytime fatigue. They're subtle, and more so since they add up over months and years. It's just part of life, right?

But then enters the amazing CPAP machine. By forcing air into the nose, it keeps open that flap of tissue that had blocked the airway. Now, breathing happens all night, all the time. Sleep can happen all night, all the time. Oh, the joys of a really good night's rest! Increased mental stamina, patience, and no more dropping off for a nap during lunch.

Is there such a thing as spiritual sleep apnea? If it came on slowly, how would we know? Its symptoms might be short attention span when relating to others, irritability with their shortcomings, and fatigue as the weight of the world rests on your shoulders. If this sounds familiar, you may not be getting enough spiritual rest. Would you like to have the benefit of an internal CPAP device?

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."

1 comment:

Blackie's Uncle said...

Sooo -- is it Blackie, Rufus, you or your spouse who has the CPAP? Having had one for about six years now, I appreciate what it does for me.