Jim Futral: Jesus Took Naps

“Jesus took naps.”

That was the message on a sweatshirt worn by a senior adult at a gathering at one of our churches. So pointed, so provoking, so simple — and so true.

Jesus, who was fully God robed in flesh, experienced the drain of resources that all of us have encountered from time to time. We get tired and need rest, recuperation and restoration.

In Matthew 8:24, we find Jesus with His disciples getting into a boat to go across to the other side of the sea, and there are these poignant words: “And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.”

The “He” is Jesus.

It had been a busy and no doubt strenuous day. Jesus found a place to rest and get refueled and be ready to go again. What a lesson to be learned by all of us.

It’s not a matter of just getting physically tired but we can get drained emotionally, mentally, spiritually. At times, maybe sitting in a meeting, or talking to someone on the phone, or hearing of a crisis in someone’s life, suddenly you’re pulled into a moment that can drain you — a moment for which you can’t prepare, a moment you can’t envision happening. While God knows what is on the horizon, you have no idea what is about to occur, and it takes everything out of you and you need to recoup. Just remember, Jesus took naps. I’m not by any means saying we ought to drag through life doing nothing and snoozing all the time, but we certainly need to listen to the Lord as He speaks to us and follow His example.

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Source: Baptist Press