Ambien Living: Sleep Walking Through Beauty

sleepingI usually sleep really well. But one troubled night sleep ran away like a toddler with a dirty diaper, so I decided to intervene. I took an Ambien.

And I slept.

I can’t really describe all the things I did while I slept, but it involved a broken picture over a commode and other rather embarrassing actions. My sleep-walking was a night journey my wife still cannot describe without laughing herself to tears.

But I don’t remember any of it. I was asleep.

Peter says “life is a journey that must be traveled with a deep consciousness of God.” In other words, we should not be sleep-walking through the daily.

We are designed and built to live life aware of God’s presence, alert to His passions and awake to His purposes. But so much of living in this world tempts us to experience reality numb to our deeper significance. Modern life is narcotic–administering a daily dose of Novocaine to the soul. I call it Ambien living.

Life’s frenetic pace and frivolous distractions creates a condition akin to walking in our sleep–dead to what is around us–in transit but not in touch.

  • It diminishes presence. The routine of life is hypnotic–rocking us into a dull state of survival existence.
  • It deadens passion. The culture we engage is anesthetic–distracting us into zombie-like ruts of mediocrity.
  • It depletes purpose. The pace of life is paralytic–lulling us into a materialistic trance or a pleasure coma.

Life can either overwhelm us with crisis or overrun us with routine.  The defined desire of the Evil One is to rob us of the meaning, purpose and significance God invested in us through the costly suffering and death of Jesus.

The utter delight of the Father comes when we shake ourselves out of the doldrums and choose instead to live alert to His active grace in the rub and reality our everyday living…even though staying alert to His presence makes us acutely aware of the pain in and around us.

When we refuse to live in the groggy, Ambien haze of life as it is, only then will we experience life as it can be.

(Thoughts based on 1Peter 1 as paraphrased in The Message)

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