Sleeping And Waking

“But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. -Selah- I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.” Psalms 3:3-5

Psalm three verse three is absolutely spot on. God is truly a protector and provider. God is the original source of all the goodness and glory that we have in our live. It’s he that gives us life, ability, and opportunity. All that he does makes all that we do fade away into insignificance. He is our glory.

In verse four, the psalmist says that he cried out to the Lord and from heaven God heard his cry and as evidence he tells us in verse five that he lay down and slept and later woke up because the Lord had sustained him.

It’s truly a gift to wake up in the morning. When I was a freshman at Cedar Lake
Academy I remember a senior, Ray Leftridge, several times beginning his prayers, “Thank you for waking us up this morning.”

Sleep is a very necessary yet vulnerable time for us. So much could happen while we sleep and we’d be completely helpless to react to it adequately. At the same time we can’t go too long without sleep without suffering debilitating results both in mental and physical functioning. So both sleeping and the waking up from sleeping are a gift.

I remember partway through my freshman year in college going through a seven day bout with insomnia. I just could not sleep. It was so frustrating to be so tired and to still just lie in bed not sleeping. After the second night of not sleeping I decided that resting and not sleeping was better than not resting at all so I’d lie in bed for seven hours forcing myself to relax and not think about anything. During the day, in my classes, I’d tell my teachers that I was suffering from insomnia and ask them to be understanding if I fell asleep and just let me sleep.

The most frustrating times were the several times I actually felt like I was about to drift off into never, never land. I felt this oh so light, kind of fuzzy, feeling and it seemed like I was really going to get some sleep at last and then I’d come fully awake. Still headache inducingly tired but fully awake.

How wondrous it felt that first morning when I woke up after a full nights sleep. It’s was like I’d gone from climbing a sand dune with an eighty pound pack on my back to strolling on soft, green grass with no pack at all. Such blessed release.

We take so much for granted. Sleeping and waking, speech and hearing, sight and touch, and so much more. Let’s not forget to praise God for all his blessings.

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