Luke 9:32 Now Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.

Sleep is good for the body: for recovery, restoration and rest. Yet, there is reason to be concerned when sleep becomes the excuse for missing out on opportunities. In this context, sleep is not the literal closing of eyes, but any situation where one’s level of interest and alertness is inadequate to make the most of an available opportunity.

We read today about Peter, James and John on the mountain where Jesus was transfigured. There was a glorious encounter taking place but all three were ‘heavy with sleep’. Alternative renditions are ‘they were overcome with sleep’. It was only until they were fully awake that they realised exactly what was going on.

So our question for reflection: “are you fully awake?” Whenever machines are operated by people half awake, that is an accident waiting to happen. Likewise, we cannot journey through life asleep or even half- awake because it takes a state of full  alertness to know what is going on around us so we don’t miss out.


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