It really hit me hard this weekend. A fact that I had been wanting to avoid for a long time smacked me upside my head…..yes very brutally it smacked. The fact is that my body is not as young as it used to be and doesn’t “bounce back” the way it used to. On Friday night we held our annual Halloween Teen Lock-In at the Rec Center and it went great. God blessed with a great turn out, great message, and just some great kids. I went home on Saturday morning very happy with how our outreach went. As I laid down in my bed about 7:30 on Saturday morning I said a quick prayer and gave thanks to God for a great night.
Next came 2:30 in the afternoon on Saturday. My wife and daughter came downstairs to my bedroom to wake me up. As my two year old Maeven ran up to my bed and pounced on me, it was then that I first felt how much the night before had truly taken out of me. The feeling of thorough exhaustion and soreness permeated my body. As I tried to lift my daughter and throw her up and catch her like normal, the heart was willing but the body wasn’t able.
I took Saturday as easy as I could relaxing around the house and lightly playing with kids. Due to Friday night, my internal clock was all messed up and even though I was exhausted sleep did not come easily on Saturday night. On Sunday morning I bravely pinched myself over and over to keep concentrating in church. The sermon and sunday school class were excellent, but my “old man bones” were begging me for sleep.
Last night as I lay in bed I finally drifted into a much needed deep sleep and do feel better this morning. Yet, I still feel like I could use a few days to recover. In some ways it’s discouraging as I used to be able to be up after a few hours of sleep following a lock-in and out and about. Whether that be to go hang out with friends play basketball or any other activity. Those days are gone it seems. The warning being that I need to rest up as much as possible before New Year’s Even when I get to stay up all night again!