Later this month, I have to go have a sleep evaluation. Most people who go are looking for ways to solve problems with their sleep, like snoring and sleep apnea. However, I am going so they can observe and evaluate my insomnia.
Now, as I got thinking about this, I realized there’s some humor here. I’m going to a place where they are trained to watch people sleep because I can’t sleep. Kind of an oxymoron, don’t you think?
There’s a parallel here with our spiritual journey. There are times when we need outside help to get our spiritual life back into balance. Maybe it’s when we feel God is absent or inaccessible. Maybe it’s when we feel like we are praying and praying but wonder if we are making any connection. Just as we need a healthy sleep life to have a healthy physical life, we need a healthy devotional and prayer life to have a healthy spiritual life. And sometimes we need help to get back on track.
I have friends that I go to when my spiritual life gets “out of whack”. They can help me to look at what is going on, and encourage me to get back on track. There’s no shame in seeking help to get our life back where it needs to be. Just as we seek doctors, teachers, and other professionals when we need help with our mind and body, so we need to seek help from others when we need help with our spirit. It doesn’t need to be “professionals” – just a friend who will listen without judgment and speak encouragement honestly.
So, although it may seem humorous, I will go have a sleep study to study my lack of sleep. I expect these trained people will be able to offer answers. And when my spiritual life hits a place of unhealthy or frustrating “stuckness”, I will seek guidance from others. How about you?