Section 3: Health and Life Choices, Article 6

Rest for Mind and Body


“Thus saith Yehuveh,
Stand ye in the ways, and see,
and ask for the old paths,
where is the good way, and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your soul.”
Jeremiah 6:16.

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t had been a couple of years since we had seen Jeff and Christy, so it was a delightful surprise when Christy called late one afternoon and asked if we would like to join them for dinner in their home the following Monday evening. We accepted immediately.
       As we entered Jeff and Christy’s home that Monday evening it was to be far more than a pleasant meal. Christy had spent most of the past two years battling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the stories of all she had been through—her increasing exhaustion, the termination of her employment, the efforts to find any physician who understood what she was dealing with, the studies at a nearby Sleep Institute, the final contact with someone who could help her, the impact it had had on Jeff, the conclusions they had come to through all the long months of reading and praying and learning—were astonishing. The sleep studies had been interesting and somewhat helpful, but exceedingly expensive. The attending physician had identified multiple sleep-disrupting problems which, over the period of several years, had not allowed Christy to rebuild her strength and had finally resulted in the total breakdown of her energy system. Some of the solutions and therapies provided by the Sleep Institute had proven to be effective for Christy and she was beginning to regain her strength, slowly.
        Jeff, himself realizing that he too had considerable difficulty getting good sleep, had also gone through a series of studies at the Institute. While he had learned some things about his own sleep patterns, the attending physician had not been able to offer him much help. Whereas the physician felt that Christy was dealing with physical sleep disruptions, she had concluded that Jeff was losing sleep over mental problems and she immediately referred him to professionals able to better address such matters.
        Jeff, as well as Christy, felt that they had gained much from the Sleep Institute, but neither of them felt that the problems had been fully resolved, even after all they had been through and all they had spent. In spite of all they then knew, neither of them yet knew how to get true restoring rest.


Rest to Full Restoration
       
REST is but the first part of RESTORATION. In the healthy busy life of man, there must be times when the energy and mental effort that have been spent are restored. Man must take in nourishment and resources from his environment and turn these into energy if he is to continue functioning. Air, food, water, sunshine; information, inspiration, affection; materials and supplies—we take everything from our external environment in order to supply the needs of our internal environment. In turn, we generate and utilize energy to consume and use these resources to a purpose. Thus the energy we consume in converting our resources into useful products and services is energy we must re-generated continually ourselves. This restoration of our energy is only accomplished when we truly rest.   


Gael Bataman         
Originally Written:     8 September 2005
Latest Update:           7 January 2010


                                                       
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