I was reading in the Message Bible tonight – I love the Proverbs in modern language – it keeps it real. I came across this passage in Proverbs 3:
21-26 Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life;
don’t for a minute lose sight of them.
They’ll keep your soul alive and well,
they’ll keep you fit and attractive.
You’ll travel safely,
you’ll neither tire nor trip.
You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry,
you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep.
No need to panic over alarms or surprises,
or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner,
Because God will be right there with you;
he’ll keep you safe and sound.
If you are like me you like a good night’s sleep – for me that is about 9 hours – I’ve always needed a lot of sleep – even as a child. And there’s nothing like a really good nap to recharge the batteries, physically and emotionally. I once heard a great line from the book, “The Divine Secrets of The Ya Ya Sisterhood” One of the main characters, Vivi described a good nap “like a BLT on fresh french bread” and I have to agree! It is sooooooo yummy!
This proverb tells us that Common Sense and Clear Thinking are like dear friends – and we are to guard them – in doing so – we should be able to “sleep like a baby”. I’m all for that, aren’t you? The sleep of a clear conscience – of one who has settled old debts – reconciled unfinished business – or at least tried – has been searched in the deepest part by the search light of God Himself – and has passed the test. Not a troubled sleep of someone who is still bothered by past events – or worrying about the future – No – a peaceful surrender to a much needed, life giving – revitalizing sleep.
How do you sleep? Do you guard Common Sense and Clear Thinking? If I’m honest with you – I would have to admit that I have not always been careful about either one of these. It has cost me. It has robbed me. It stole many night’s sleep from me. I learned the hard way – the very hardest way possible and I’m still on that journey to not only learn it – but to understand it. The lessons of life are sometimes painful indeed. But I have been reconciled to Common Sense and have made up with Clear Thinking. I was a reluctant friend – even though they always wanted to be my friends – and they called to me – even when I wasn’t listening – or being much of a friend in return. But they were true friends who stuck by me and like an anchor – held on to me – even when I was slipping away and lost at sea.
They are the best friends and guides you will ever have – and you must guard them with your life – and not let anyone talk you out of their council and wisdom. You must not listen to people who would try to steer you away from health and life and hold out in front of you the promise of happiness and fulfillment outside of these friends. It is a temporary euphoria that will crash and burn. It will not last. It is a slow sure death. Grasp hold of what is true and right. Guard it with your very life! It will make all the difference. Don’t be like me, a once very reluctant friend – embrace them and your sleep will be sweet and your life will be blessed.
I am praying that your sleep be blessed tonight