Take a Nap! — Daily Meditation moment

February 1

“God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.” Isaiah 40: 29 (The Message Bible)
Isaiah reminds us of what we already know: God is everywhere, at all times, and in all ways. He has energy beyond the Energizer Bunny, he knows more than a fifth grader, and dwells in the revolving door of our lives.

Matthew Walker from UC Berkeley did a study on how napping affects the function of the brain. He wrote, “It’s as though the e-mail in-box in your hippocampus is full and, until you sleep and clear out those fact e-mails, you’re not going to receive any more mail. It’s just going to bounce until you sleep and move it into another folder.”

As a young mom, when I put my kids down for a nap, I went down, too. I’d close my eyes and almost instantly fall into a restful sleep. And, as if an internal alarm clock went off, I’d be wide awake in 15 minutes, ready to tackle the rest of the day. This type of a nap is considered a “power nap”—I considered it a gift God and a necessity as a hardworking stay-at-home mom.

Dear Lord, help me recognize when I need to rest. Amen.

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