Working for Nothing

Working for Nothing

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:2 ESV

I’ve been busy lately. Busier than I’ve ever been in my adult life. Between working full time, starting a business, taking a class, and trying to find time to spend with my husband, I am filled to max capacity.  As my husband likes to joke, my “little cup runneth over.”

I can’t stop thinking about what I need to do, and when I’m done with those tasks I worry that I haven’t done enough. Anxious toil. Yup, that’s what I do.

I came across this verse as I was lying in bed worrying if I’d have enough time to get everything done if I got up at 5:30 am. Maybe I should get up at 5:00 am instead? In an attempt to ease my mind I picked up my phone and opened Facebook. That didn’t do the trick so I opened up my Bible app.

Lo and behold, what did I see but this verse. And it challenged everything I was doing. I thought if I worked hard enough and put enough time into my business, I could make my dreams come true.

My heart breathed a sigh of relief when I realized that it is okay to sleep; that it is in fact a gift God gives to his beloved children.

We don’t have to work hard all the time. We don’t have to be sleep-deprived. While everyone else is out chasing the “American Dream,” we can be snuggly tucked into our beds.

And with that realization, I promptly turned off my alarm.

Erica Evans About Erica Evans

Erica Evans is a wife, HR professional, and a Highly Sensitive Person. She believes God has given each woman a unique calling, but fear and discouragement can set in on the journey. On her blog, Confident, Competent & Fulfilled she writes honestly about emotions in order to propel women past them, and towards their destiny.


  1. I love your reaction to the verse! I have also pondered getting up earlier…and earlier. Yeah, I’m turning off my alarm!

  2. Good for you, Linda!

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