Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
I am not completely sure if tiredness is an emotion but it is definitely something we have all felt at some point or another. I know when I get tired I can also get grumpy. Are you ever grumpy when you get tired?
In the Bible story above Jesus asks his disciples to stay awake and keep watch, in order that they learn an important lesson. However, the disciples fell asleep, again and again. They were just too tired. Sleep is very important for us, in order that we can be on top form for the next day but also so we do not fall asleep at important times. So how can we better about getting sleep at the right times? Maybe it is through not watching TV in the hour before bed? Or putting away the gadgets? Maybe you find reading a good book helps you to fall asleep? Or a relaxing bath? Whatever works for you look for ways to help your sleep pattern during this Lent period, so as not to be asleep when something important happens.
Reflection for Mum’s
I would be shocked to find a Mum that hasn’t at experienced perpetual tiredness at some point. Whether it be in those first few months or through worrying about your little one, tiredness seems at times like a constant battle. But I think there are some important truths to be remembered. Number one is to recognise that you may not always get the amount of sleep you need or want and in those times it is important to put your faith in God. Number two ask for help. You may not always get the sleep you need but those who love and care for you do not want to see you hurting, so ask for help, even if it means just a quick nap. Number three; we talk to children constantly about the importance of sleep and yet we role model something different. So where possible get that early night; give yourself a night off from the cleaning and curl up with a book or TV or give yourself time to pray. Remember emotional, mental and spiritual tiredness are things too and these require us to recognise this in ourselves and to do something about it. And finally number four, being tired and grouchy personally often leads to impatience and grouchiness and for some of you, you may be able to relate, or tiredness may affect you in different ways. But ultimately tiredness does affect you and so if by getting rest is going to make you more patient and less grouchy for example, do it because that is how I can be a better Mum.
Now is our time to respond to knowing when we are tired, be it spiritually, mentally, emotionally or physically. . Below are a number of activities that people can choose their own level and how deep they go. Try just one all week or a different one each day in whatever style you desire:
- Think about how well you all sleep. Is there something you could do to help you sleep better? Such as no TV an hour before bed, ensure you are drinking enough during the day and having regular exercise.
- Get out and go on a walk together. Fresh air and exercise can both help with sleep.
- Pray in the face of tiredness. Ask God for strength and patience within the day and recognise that He is in there to sustain us.
- Make a giant den full of pillows and blankets for a quiet day.
- Build a tent and have a camp out to see what it is like for others around the world who may not have the luxury of a bed.
- Play out the bible story above to see how you would feel if you missed the important lesson Jesus was trying to teach them.
- Sometimes we struggle to sleep, especially children. This could be a number of reasons from nightmares to sleeping in their room in the dark. We are always looking for answers but never forget the power of prayer. It can be disheartening, especially when we feel helpless in being to help our little ones and prayer can help us to realise we are not alone.
- When you wake up dance and stretch to some music to help wake yourself up.
- Sing and do the actions to sleeping bunnies or sleeping lions.