Jesus Loves Siestas

Jesus loves siestas. 

I love a good siesta. I find that during this pandemic season they are more than necessary. Although, I have also found that I have filled my schedule with so much work lately that I barely get any time to relish in a good siesta moment. 

So it got me thinking…. 

Why are naps such a good thing?

It also led me to a story about Jesus.

In Luke 8:22-25 tells a story of Jesus when he calms the storm. 

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”

The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”

I have always found this story to be very amusing. 

How can Jesus sleep in the middle of a storm? 

The Sea of Galilee, where Jesus and his disciples find themselves, is actually a very large lake, but even today it can house powerful storms. There have been reports of it having waves of up to twenty feet. “It’s the largest freshwater lake in Israel — sixty four square miles, nearly the size of Washington, D.C.”  So Jesus’ disciples were frightened for a reason. Some of these men were professional fishermen and knew how to handle a boat, yet they are terrified with what has suddenly surrounded them. A storm. 

In contrast, Jesus is napping. 

This pandemic has me feeling as though I am on a small boat in the middle of the storm. 

On my boat are my partner, my dog, my kids and all my houseplants (and of course as much toilet paper as I can get on). 

Sometimes the boat feels crowded and I am frustrated. 

Other times the boat is a place of refuge, peace and solace from the storm of COVID-19.  

One thing that has struck me during this time is how extremely tired I am. 

We were already exhausted. Exhausted in a world filled with expectations, to work, live, and produce.  

And now we are getting more tired from the work we are expected to do. 

We are in desperate need of a nap, but how do we take one when the boat feels like it is being ripped apart in a big ass storm?

Sometimes when there are life storms, it can be easy to get lost in the craziness of the wind and the waves. I tend to forget that God is in control. In fact, I convince myself that God is not in control and that God in fact needs my help. 

So I end up doing more. 

Overloading, overwhelmed, and filled to capacity with things that I feel I need to be doing. When really, I should just take a moment to rest. To remind myself that God is sovereign, and that even “the wind and the waves obey him.”

Overloading, overwhelmed, and filled to capacity with things that I feel I need to be doing. When really, I should just take a moment to rest. To remind myself that God is sovereign, and that even “the wind and the waves obey him.”

I mean, Jesus had a really important job. More important than mine. 

Yet he took time to find balance in his life. He knew when it was time to take a nap.

Just as Jesus calmed the waves, that day, God can calm the storm today. 

This pandemic storm is gonna last a while. 

We will be asked much during this time, we need to pace ourselves, to understand that part of weathering the storm is caring for ourselves and resting. 

So now I invite you to go find a space that can be your “nap zone.” As for me, I just ordered a new hammock that arrived a few days ago. My phone will be on silent. But if you call and leave a message, I’ll call you later! 

Note: If you have not followed The Nap Ministry on Instagram I highly recommend it. You can find them here. I am living for these questions posed on their story:

What does silence and pausing look like for you daily?

Is there an opportunity to say no more?

Have I grieved this week?

Can I unplug from one virtual space this week to sit with my eyes closed for 15 minutes?

What does hyper-productivity look like for me?

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