Wednesday, December 05, 2007

He Never Sleeps

Last night before bed I spent a good deal of time in heartfelt, fervent prayer. Usually I sleep quite peacefully and soundly on nights where I've poured out my heart to God, but for some reason I had a very hard time getting to sleep last night, and I woke in the wee hours of the morning. My body was tired, but my mind was wide awake. After tossing and turning for a couple of hours, I gave up on getting more sleep and read for a while and started my day earlier than normal.

Thankfully, we had our staff retreat today, so at least I was out and about in Birmingham rather than sitting at my desk all day. I have a feeling that if I'd been office-bound today I'd have had a hard time staying awake with just a couple of hours of sleep under my belt.

I thought of how grateful I am that, while we humans need sleep in order to function adequately, God does not. He is able to remain awake and alert at all times, and is always watching out for us. I was reminded of the song "He Never Sleeps" by Don Moen:

When you've prayed every prayer that you know how to pray
Just remember the Lord will hear and the answer is on it's way.

Our God is able.
He is mighty.
He is faithful.

And He never sleeps,
He never slumbers.
He never tires of hearing our prayer.
When we are weak He becomes stronger.
So rest in His love and cast all of your cares on Him.

Do you feel that the Lord has forgotten your need?
Just remember that God is always working in ways you cannot see.

Our God is able.
He is mighty.
He is faithful.

And He never sleeps,
He never slumbers.
He never tires of hearing our prayer.
When we are weak He becomes stronger.
So rest in His love and cast all of your cares on Him.


How reassuring to know that we can cast all of our cares, worries, prayers upon God and let Him handle it so that we can lie down in peace. One of my regular prayers in the morning is thanking God for His protection over me and my house while I slept. I can honestly say that, in all my years of living alone, I've never had a night where I was afraid of going to bed. He has blessed me with much peace, and that has certainly brought me many, many nights of rest, last night notwithstanding.

I am trusting that I'll sleep much better tonight--hopefully my mind will be as worn out as my body is so we can all get some rest!

2 comments:

Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

Thanks for the post on God's care while we are sleeping - or not, as the case may be.

I'm here at my mom's so not sleeping as well as I do at home, so can identify with your night last night.

Hopefully, tonight will be better for both of us - you AND me!

Much love, Dee

Snapshot said...

Didn't sleep much last night either. Burdens abound.