There is Rest for the Weary

No rest for the weary.

I’ve heard that saying my whole life. I’ve even been guilty of saying it a time or ten – usually when the children have been put to bed but my day is not yet done. Ah, yes. Those late night kitchen cleaning sessions often turn into one heck of a pity party. Please tell me your kitchen sometimes looks like this. Does anyone else have a love to use / hate to clean relationship with their crock pot?

messy kitchen

I found an explanation for this idiom online and thought it quite interesting.

There is no rest for the weary.

Prov. Even people who are worn-out must continue to work. (Describes a situation in which a tired person has to do more work.) 

That is just really messed up. Do you want to hear something that sounds a whole lot more reasonable?

It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives to his beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:2

Solomon is not referring to those who rise early to spend time in the Word. We are not talking about those who stay up late to snuggle with their honey on the couch. (Both of these things, by the way, are quite fun. I highly recommend them.) 

The warning here is to those of us who are caught up in anxious thoughts and worried minds. We stay up late worrying about things we can’t fix. We rise early and, immediately, pick up our fears or hurt feelings and carry them with us throughout the day. The “bread of anxious toil” refers to a broad range of issues. It includes pain, hurt, sorrow, hardship, or offense.

Is anyone out there losing sleep over some hurt feelings? Some sorrows? Is anyone dealing with some pain – physical or otherwise?

sophia sleepsTo worry and wear ourselves out over these things is in vain. Do you know what the Lord wants you to do instead? Sleep. The Hebrew word here is shehah (shā·nä.) Say it a couple of times. It’s super fun.

I did a little research and I discovered that shehah means, well, sleep. No hidden meanings. No alternative interpretations. Just a good snoring and drooling on the pillow kind of sleep. Notice that Solomon says that the Lord gives us sleep. It is His gift to us.

Let’s see. We hand over our worries and our anxious thoughts. We trust Him to handle our pain, hurt feelings, sadness, money issues, etc. Then, in return, He gives us sleep.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

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