Day 31: March 26
And again going away, He prayed, saying the same word. And when He returned, He found them again sleeping, for their eyes were heavy, and they knew not what to answer Him. And He comes the third time, and says to them, Do you sleep still, and rest? It is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Arise, let us go; behold, he who betrays Me is near. And straightaway, while He yet was speaking, comes Judas, being one of the twelve, and with him a crowd of many with swords and wooden rods, along with the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. (Mark 14:39-43)
The person who has not been regenerated is like a dreamer; one who has, is like someone wide awake. In the Word too natural life is likened to sleep, spiritual life to wakefulness. (True Christian Religion 606)
When spiritual life gets hard, it can be easy to try to escape into natural life and let our spiritual life fall asleep. We can be very successful in natural life while neglecting our spirit. We can distract ourselves with temporary happiness while neglecting the things that will bring us true and lasting joy. What does spiritual joy look like to you?