I really liked his discussion of the IV Commandment (Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy).
The hours when we should be sleeping are Sabbath time as well. We should turn our lives over to God and trust Him to run the universe while we are snoozing.
But, as the chapter points out, our minds fill with so many things. Kendall Harmon recently posted David Yount's challenging article about workaholics, The addiction we consider a virtue. I just heard a radio story indicating that Americans are pretty far down the list (lower than 40th, if I heard right) when comparing the lifespans of different nationalities.
Weariness, as our chapter points out, isn't just physical - it is a spiritual problem. Psalm 95 reminds us that rebellion against God keeps us from receiving the rest that He wants us to enjoy. The late night service known as Compline always includes a short time of confession - closing the day by admitting our sins and accepting God's mercy in Christ instead of stewing in guilty frustration all night.
If you tend to be up in the wee hours, read Morning Prayer or a version of Lauds. Join the whole creation in lifting praise to God as a new day approaches. We have a big, dumb (sweetly so) dog who wakes me up too early sometimes. But, here in South Dakota, her early morning needs have led me to appreciate the star-filled sky, the early morning orchestra of birds in the Spring, the glow of fresh snow in the winter - and to praise the Creator (and thank Him for good coffee, too).
Some years ago, a friend suggested reading the Psalms when one is unable to sleep. Just open the Bible to the Psalms and start reading. It is not that they are boring, but they are God's own pasture for our troubled, weary spirits. It's not about counting sheep, but, as our chapter says, about being sheep in the loving, dedicated care of our Good Shepherd.
I once viewed an exhibit of Santos, carved wooden folk art from New Mexico. A Santo that really caught my attention was Buen Pastor - "Good Shepherd." Instead of the perky young shepherd so often portrayed in European art, this shepherd was squat, hunched and weathered. He'd obviously been laboring out in the elements for long, hard years. But the little sheep was safe and comfy on his heavy shoulders.
Jesus is our Buen Pastor, who suffered on earth and now lives forever to give us the divine help described in Psalm 121:
... he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel * shall neither slumber nor sleep.
He's always "on" so we can be "off."
I wish you good reading, my friends in Christ. And good rest. Chapter 6 on Saturday.