More than 400,000 Americans struggle with internal clocks that are more than a tick or two off. Afflicted with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, their circadian rhythms run about two hours slower than the rate at which the average person functions.
The desire to acquire an extra wink of sleep leaves them out of sync with society, and their more punctual friends see them as dysfunctional and time-challenged.
Being aware of the time and being responsible for using it wisely is a theme of Scripture:
- Romans 13:11: Now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
- 2 Corinthians 6:2: Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
- Ecclesiastes 3: To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up
I’m afraid that a large part of the Church is infected with a sleep disorder: We are asleep, and it is harvest time.
- Solomon hints at this in the Proverbs: He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps at harvest time is a son who causes shame.
- Jesus speaks of this in Matthew 9: The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Can we afford to snooze when the world needs to hear the Good News that Jesus saves?