Adventures in sleepwalking: wake up sleepyhead

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Twice last night I found myself exploring the house in my sleep. The first time was to find the keys for the door – in my sleep I was convinced that we hadn’t locked the front door and the keys were in the car, an impossibility as how did we get into the house without keys? My second adventure was to find out if we have orange juice in the fridge as we had visitors coming – we never have orange juice in the fridge and as far as I know there are no visitors. I don’t often get up in my sleep, maybe a few times a year (that I remember). Most memorably a few months ago I woke my husband up as it became vitally important to have a torch by my bed. I found one and we went back to sleep. When I woke up in the morning Ramos asked why I needed a torch- I didn’t remember but instead of a torch on my bedside table there was a bottle of children’s bubbles on it!

When I sleepwalk the actions I take are not really under my control – I am reacting to thoughts I have in my sleep or dreams, but mostly they are things that if I was to sit down and think about don’t make sense. How much of our lives do we sleepwalk through? It is so easy to go through the motions without thinking. Paul says to the Roman church don’t doze off in your life, keep awake and alert:

Romans 13:10-14 You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.  11But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.  12The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed.  13We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight.  14Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about! (Message)

We can get so bogged down in the routine and humdrum aspect of life that we can lull ourselves to sleep. While I have exalted praise to the ordinary everydayness of life before we mustn’t let the routine-ness of life rock us to sleep and close our eyes to God at work around us. While I admit to occasionally sleep walking at night this really doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is when I sleep walk through day. God calls us to be wakeful and watchful people:

Isaiah 60:1-4 “Get out of bed, Jerusalem! Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight. GOD’s bright glory has risen for you.  2The whole earth is wrapped in darkness, all people sunk in deep darkness, But GOD rises on you, his sunrise glory breaks over you.  3Nations will come to your light, kings to your sunburst brightness.  4Look up! Look around! Watch as they gather, watch as they approach you: Your sons coming from great distances, your daughters carried by their nannies. (Message)

Lord, I admit that often I live my life on auto-pilot. Help me to wake up and be alert, to not miss what you are doing. Help me Lord not to sleepwalk through and miss out on the life you have given me.

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