Lessons from sleep

Have you ever been annoyed that you have to sleep? There are some days that I hate the fact that I need to sleep. Think about it. If you spend 8 hours a day sleeping. . . For ever 24 years you live, you will have spent 8 years in apparent uselessness. However, we all know that sleep is not useless. Without sleep we could not function. It is sleep that energizes, repairs, and empowers us to continue our daily lives. It may seem like we are doing nothing, but really we are accomplishing far more than we could ever accomplish by staying awake. Many times, our spiritual walk can have a strange parallel with this idea. For myself, I can get into a mindset that I need to always be doing something for God. But the Christian life isn’t about the doing.

When we examine biblical examples we find that Moses spent 40 years in the desert being a shepherd before God called him to lead Israel. Israel itself was in bondage for over two hundred years before God delivered His chosen nation. Because of the fast-paced world we live in we may question, “Why? Why didn’t God work sooner? Why such a long wait before God did anything?” The answer is simple. God is doing something. Just because we can’t see something happening, doesn’t mean that nothing is.

I read an illustration once about a little girl that planted a seed. After some time she became impatient as she waited for the plant to sprout. Her grandmother explained to her that things were happening that the girl couldn’t see. There was nothing that girl could do to make the seed sprout faster. All she could do was wait, have faith, and continue to water the seed. Our spiritual lives can be very similar to this story. It may seem like nothing is happening, and God is not working, but in reality, God is working things together so that when his plan manifests, it will be better than we could ever imagine.

So when you go to sleep tonight, remember these lessons:

  • Just because it seems like nothing is happening, doesn’t mean that nothing is.
  • That something that is happening, is what God is working, and what God is working, none other could accomplish.

In short: Trust God to do his work, even when you don’t see it.

“Be still and know that I am God”  -Psalm 46:10

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  -Philippians 2:13


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