As we go bouncing through life enjoying everything, little do we realize that right around the corner is time, catching up with us. When we are young we can do all kinds of things and make it without 8 hours of sleep but try making it after you have reached 50 or 60 years old. Now, I am not saying we are old; just that we need a little more care as we get older.
I realized all of this quite by accident last week as I was looking over one of the articles that I had written. As I read I began to notice something familiar about it. I had just read one about the same topic but with another title. Then, to add to that embarrassment, I found that I had repeated myself in this article.
As some of you know, I lost a son back in January. I found myself unable to sleep more than 2-3 hours a night. I also found that I had no memory. I would go into rooms only to stand and look around the room trying to remember what I had come in to pick up.. My doctor said the first sign of sleep deprivation is memory loss. We do not realize what we are doing to our bodies when we do not get the rest we need. I should have gone to a doctor sooner. I needed temporary help. Without it my body does not want to reset that biological clock.
When we sleep our bodies are busy rebuilding good cells and fighting off diseases, among another things. Even our brains cells need to be regenerated. That is why my memory was failing so badly. I was not giving my brain enough rest. Quite often it isn’t our fault that we cannot sleep. Just as in my case. But when you realize that there is something not right in your body, one needs to go and get a little bit of help. While talking to my doctor he informed me that I could end up with some serious problems by going without sleep. Everything in our bodies runs on energy. We need air, water, and rest or sleep.
I realized that I would rather take a short term medication and rest my body while going through this loss, rather than chance losing control of everything in my life. While it is not easy to go through some of the things we have to go through, it is a necessary part of life.
I have always lived by one scripture in my life. I love them all but this one has a special meaning for me. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And that has always proven true for me. If I depend on him for that strength, I will make it through. It is sometimes hard, and it hurts, but he is our Comforter. He will be there for us anytime day or night.
So, after reading my two articles that are so much alike, I have decided it is time for me to slow down allowing Jesus to minister to me concerning my loss. Also allowing the doctor to give me something to help me sleep. Sometimes it takes help from all sides to get us through.
With the help of modern medicine and the Good Lord, I have realized that I am just like everyone else. I need help for many things. That is hard for many of us to admit. Through no fault of yours, sometimes your body needs a little boost from something like an antidepressant. I use to be one of those people who said I would not take that kind of thing, but our bodies tend to lose some of those important hormones that it needs to function well. That is what happens when we are under stress. They have to be replaced for us to be able to function at our best.
Remember; whatever you are going through, allow God to be with you. But also pay attention to the other needs. It doesn’t mean that you are week just because you need a little extra help. It just means you are human.