Have you found yourself saying, “I just want more sleep but I’m too busy.” I find myself saying this often, and it’s actually true. I want more sleep and it’s that time of the year where the pressures of school/work/family are mounting. I think as a college student, we DO want more sleep – we could certainly USE more sleep; and I think we ARE busy – but we’re not busy equally.
What I mean by this is that on one level, we’re busy because of assignments and projects – but that’s because we procrastinated so much that we’ve had to stay up later whatever to accomplish them. On another level we’re busy because, well, we’ve overcommitted ourselves to things.
I’m all for sleep, and I’m all for being part of tasks that make a difference in my life and those around me. But – nestled in Paul’s letter to the Romans – he actually warns them about sleep and about busyness. Check it out:
“you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light… put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:11-14, ESV)
Here’s my point – make sure you don’t become so absorbed and exhausted in your to-do list; projects; assignments; obligations; that you lose tack of the time and sleep… oblivious to God. Be awake to what God is doing around you! God is sanctifying you in 1,000 ways that you’re not even aware of! We can’t afford to waste one moment of time… these days are precious, so don’t procrastinate today – accomplish what must be done so that you might be alert to observe His movement around you and in you.
So, get sleep; complete your tasks – but be aware of God’s movement all around you.