He Gives Sleep

I have noticed the arrival of a new industry -sleep therapy clinics. People are just too hurried, committed, over-extended.

The job requires one to be on call constantly. With the ubiquitous cell phone, one is never out of touch or alone with his thoughts. Perhaps there is a second job. A strapping huge mortgage on that dream home which cannot be enjoyed because of schedule. Perhaps the Boss is playing two qualifiers for the same promotion with "the midnight oil test". Perhaps a parent strives to add quality time with a child through the busy little league sports network. Perhaps socially mobile friends require high maintenance. Even holiday time exerts a subtle pressure to keep up with the experiences of others.

No rest. No sleep. No contemplative time. No shoes off relaxation. Uppers, power drinks and other stimulants to keep up the pace. The frustration and the ennui of being driven by inexorable forces. The anger and the self-pity.

Jesus once said:

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21: 25.26)

Those times are upon us. They make for an intense sense of powerlessness and self-condemnation. I am told that in Japan it is not good enough to put in the work hours. One must also socialize with the work team for extended hours. Statistics on alcoholism, divorce and suicide are shocking.

Can we call a halt to this; pull back on the reins; liberate healthy portions of time, refreshment and energy?

Consider Psalm 127:

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.


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