An early, early blog today but I’ve come back later and posted three pics of Mike & I all dressed up for our dinner. We had a fabulous time…a memorable date indeed! Here I am testing the timer on my cell phone camera…
Mike came home, showered, shaved and got dressed in his suit and bow tie. He looked so good…
Then he escorted me downstairs for dinner. We sat opposite each other giggling like children! It was so funny, all dressed up and sitting at our own dining room table. We really enjoyed the meal. Two things come to mind that I want to blog about in the future – one is the amazing fact that romantic love is ageless and the second is the question of how to be happy. Those are for another day.
For today I am simply sharing an amazing article that my friend Sue told me about yesterday. I looked it up and was so interested to read John Piper’s 1982 assessment of why God created us needing sleep. If you have two or three minutes, it’s a thought provoking read…
(Here’s the source) http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/a-brief-theology-of-sleep
A BRIEF THEOLOGY OF SLEEP BY JOHN PIPER
At 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning the world is not dark, but there is no color. Everything is black and white and grey, except for the orange light on the garage across the street that shines through my bedroom window. There is no breeze, and the poplar leaves are caught like a snapshot in stillness. The stars are gone but the sun is not up yet; so you can’t tell if the grey sky is overcast or clear. Very soon we will know.
I sit on the edge of my bed trying to develop a theology of sleep. Why did God design us to need sleep? We sleep a third of our lives. Just think of it: a third of our lives spent like dead men. Just think of everything being left undone that could be done had God not designed us to need sleep. There is surely no doubt that he could have created us with no need for sleep. And just think, everyone could devote himself to two careers, and not feel tired. Everyone could be a “full-time Christian worker” and still keep his job. There is so much of our Father’s business we could be about.
Why did God imagine sleep? He never sleeps! He thought the idea up out of nothing. He thought it up for his earthly creatures. Why! Psalm 127:2 says, “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 in his sleep.” According to this text sleep is a gift of love, and the gift is often spurned by anxious toil. Peaceful sleep is the opposite of anxiety. God does not want his children to be anxious, but to trust him. Therefore I conclude that God made sleep as a continual reminder that we should not be anxious but should rest in him.
Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God. “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4). But Israel will. For we are not God. Once a day God sends us to bed like patients with a sickness. The sickness is a chronic tendency to think we are in control and that our work is indispensable. To cure us of this disease God turns us into helpless sacks of sand once a day. How humiliating to the self-made corporate executive that he has to give up all control and become as limp as a suckling infant every day.
Sleep is a parable that God is God and we are mere men. God handles the world quite nicely while a hemisphere sleeps. Sleep is like a broken record that comes around with the same message every day: Man is not sovereign. Man is not sovereign. Man is not sovereign. Don’t let the lesson be lost on you. God wants to be trusted as the great worker who never tires and never sleeps. He is not nearly so impressed with our late nights and early mornings as he is with the peaceful trust that casts all anxieties on him and sleeps. In quest of rest, Pastor John(Piper)
We all need it…
God’s wish for you…
Proverbs 3:24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Have a fabulous weekend with lots of lovely sleep!
God bless you loads.
In His Grip,
We Are Making A Crazy Memory Tonight…
It has been a great day! Right after the show, I went to Joyce Meyer ministries and picked up a packet of books to give away on Rise and Shine over the next 7 Wednesdays…
Then I went to the Blue Route to buy nuts and settled down at Tribakery to have a cappuccino and do show prep which I did on my cell phone! After that I beetled into town to see Granny. We had grapefruit in the garden. There were a few others sitting in the garden so I went and sat with them. I introduced myself by saying, ‘Hello, I’m Helga and this is my Mother-in-Law, Eve.” “Oh,” said the lady closest to me, “So you’re Helga.” I just smiled. After a minute or so, she added, “I listen to you every morning!” Her name is Shirley and she has been at the Ladies Christian Home for 9 years. She has had a varied life, with one of the highlights, 8 years in East London where she was the curator at Gateway House. She absolutely loved it. I am sure she is a bit of a historian. Here’s Shirley…
I must remember to say good morning to her tomorrow morning! (Pat, if you get to read this, let Shirley know you saw it!)
After I said, ‘goodbye’ to Granny, I headed towards home, stopping for petrol in Bergvliet, where the attendant, Blessings, looked at my CCFm sticker and asked if I was a presenter there. “Yes,” I said. “Oh,” he replied, “I like this radio station!” His name was plural…not one Blessing, but many!
After that came the highlight of my day. There are many men of God who have impacted South Africans across the decades, who have stood firm in the faith and remained true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bishop Frank Retief is such a man. Today, I was invited to have a bite to eat with the ‘Frank Retief Radio Ministry’ committee…
It was a great pleasure and privilege to meet Frank and Beulah and to be in their home with special people who have committed their time to getting, editing, mastering and distributing Frank’s messages to radio stations across the country. When I first received the new 5 minute slots (which I play on Rise and Shine every Monday at 7-22am), I listened to all 10 of them while driving in and out of town. What struck me was Frank’s humility. He is true to the Word of God; he speaks clearly and simply and he prays humbly. Today, over lunch, I saw the same characteristics. He is a humble man. As he closed our time in prayer, he drew our attention to the big-ness of God and how He uses us, despite our brokenness.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (New Living Translation): ”We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”
Any good that comes out of any work we do for Christ is not from ourselves – it is from God.
“Thank you Lord for the faith of Frank Retief and for the great example he has been to so many people. Please help me follow his example in continually seeking to glorify You in all I do.”
God bless you!
In His Grip,
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