Even Jesus took naps.
Now, to be fair, he also pulled all-nighters at times too. And he also had really long days at times because of the demands of the crowds that followed Him.
How wild to think that Jesus was fully God, yet confined Himself to a body and humanity’s limitations. He experienced all the same sufferings that we do.
And, that he also took naps.
There is a verse in the Bible that has been highlighted to me lately - found in 1 Corinthians 15:58. In the NASB translation it says, “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”
It is tough to read something like this and see how it lines up with famous verses like where Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.” They seem to be at odds with one another.
One verse seems to be saying, “HUSTLE HARD!” while the other says, “TAKE IT EASY!”
They are closer than we may imagine. When we take a look at the original language of 1 Corinthians (Greek), we find that the word there for “steadfast”, is “hedraios” which means, “sitting, sedentary, firm, and immovable”.
The word “immovable” is “ametakinetos” which means, “not to be moved from its place, firmly persistant”.
The word “abounding” is “perisseuo” which is used to describe a flower going from a bud to a full bloom.
So, we could put these portions together and say,
“Let your mind and soul be at rest, take a seat, and don’t get up. Be persistently aware that the work of the Lord will unfold in your life.”
From THIS mindset, we rest at ease knowing that the efforts we put in are not a waste of time.
I am certainly not an advocate for laziness or becoming a demanding individual who refuses to serve or help, but unfortunately so much our daily activity can slip into a place of spinning and striving, trying to make it through one to-do list or another.
Years ago, I was at a woman’s Bible study. We were watching a teaching by Beth Moore in which she boldly taught about discovering the calling of God for our lives. Convinced of His kindness and sovereignty, she said, “You’d have to work very hard in the wrong direction to not allow His will to take place in your life.”
For a young twenty-something, I found this thought very relieving. I’ve been serving God for a while now, in the early years of this process, I was desperate to discover the will of God for my life AND fulfill all of it. I had faint outlines of dreams in my heart, but I didn’t even know how to describe them. I had the strong awareness that there was life to be lived beyond just the daily grind and drudgery of “adulting” that I saw around me.
As often as I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me, I was trying to be obedient. Yet, I feared that it wouldn’t be enough. I didn’t know how to sit down on the inside, trusting that God’s work would unfold in me.
Here I am now, roughly ten years later, and there is still a fight within myself in order to stay in that internal resting, sitting down position. Some seasons are easier than others. In this current season, we are in the midst of so many new ideas, new challenges, and new responsibilities. We are running a website, writing a book. developing events, gathering people together, and connecting with new relationships. There is spiritual struggle, natural difficulties, and physical limitations.
And in the midst of this, I remember, even Jesus took naps.
Jesus could rest because He knew that He has a Divine Father in Heaven who does not grow weary and tired.
Jesus could take naps because He remembered that He has a Father who does not sleep or slumber.
Jesus didn’t respond to the pressures of to-do list’s because He trusted that His Father would keep all things in order, numbering and naming even the stars in the night sky.
Oh Lord God, help us to be like Jesus and “take naps” too. Help us to remember that You are a victorious leader, and You happily share Your wins with us. Help us to lean into the supernatural provision of strength and smarts in order to navigate the road ahead!