Admittedly, the title is a little morbid and slightly pessimistic. I don't mean it that way.
In our home, "we'll sleep when we're dead" is a phrase often used between my husband and me.
It has a literal sense: we sometimes get little sleep because of different circumstances like sick kids, or deadlines at work, or school, or presentations to make, etc. etc. There are seasons when it seems the only way to get some shuteye is to drop dead.
Yet there is a little bit more to this saying. Phil and I try really hard not to be big whiners about life. We know life is hard but everyone's life is hard not just ours so why should we feel entitled to being comfortable? Isn't life about chugging along and bearing your cross all the while having joy in your heart?
To us, this quote means suck it up and smile.
Although it sounds like kind of a downer, it's really not... I promise! For us, it's kind of hopeful. There is hope for rest! Someday we'll be dead and since we have hope in Heaven then we also have hope for everlasting comfort and joy! Only then will we truly rest.
Until then, we will forgo sleep, rest, and comfort whenever it's needed in order to meet our callings and we will try to do it without whining.