When I moved to my permanent village in South Africa, Kudunkgwane, I quickly developed a new sleep pattern. It had little to do with my work schedule and more to do with the crazy-chicken-crowing schedule and cold. I’d wake up before dawn with the chickens for the first several months, until I stopped hearing them.
As winter approached at the end of my first year of service, I found myself becoming more and more rested. You see, in the village, there is really nothing to do at night. Furthermore, being outside after dark isn’t safe, whether because of animals or people. So at dark, I’d lock my burglar doors and be in for the night.
In the summer, this wasn’t a big deal because it would be light until 8 or 9 pm. In the winter, dark came between 5-6pm.
Furthermore, it was cold. And by cold, I mean, below-freezing-wind-blowing-Kalahari-Desert cold inside a cement block room with a cement floor and metal roof.
And in the winter, I got so much rest I started to drive myself crazy. Why?
Because the only warm place was beneath several blankets, inside a sleeping bag, cuddled up with my hot water bottle. (I’m not exaggerating) So I’d crawl in bed to read or watch movies on my laptop at 7pm. And sometimes, I’d fall asleep at 7:30pm and not get out of bed again until 6am.
That’s village living for you!
So, for 2.5 years, I was well rested. Sometimes, too rested. But with the physical rest, I found mental rest. After 4 exhausting years of college, I enjoyed the slower pace and freedom to simply rest.
Do you feel like you’re in need of some rest? Is life running you ragged? Oh how I’ve been there!
This week, I’m hosting a giveaway! It’s a wonderful book I recently reviewed, and I hope that the winner can find a few minutes each day to rest and read about Ruth, that courageous woman from the Bible. I wrote my review about this book, Colliding with Destiny, by Sarah Jakes, and now I’m excited to share a copy with one lucky winner.
So, for the nitty-gritty details….check out this Rafflecopter for info on entering. This giveaway will be open until Friday, October 17th, at 11:59pm. So enter, share, and good luck! (Sorry, but only USA mailing addresses are eligible to win)