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“I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me, I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.”
As I have grown older and my responsibilities have multiplied, I have come to appreciate that sleep affords my body a time to rest. There is something sweet about getting to the end of a day, laying down, and shutting my eyes until the morning. Until a few a years ago, sleep was just sleep. But I walked through a very dark season and I routinely got nightmares. It got so bad that for a while, I considered not sleeping. I had no control over what my subconscious would conjure up and I was terrified before my eyes closed. But through that time, the Lord started to teach me something about sleep. I came to realize that sleep is a form of surrender and trust. In sleep, I have no control over anything. I can’t control waking myself up, what my dreams will be, or even my breathing. All of that is in the Lord’s hands. Every time I lay down to sleep and God sustains me through the night, it is evidence of his provision and grace. Ultimately, sleep is worship. When I close my eyes, I am declaring to the Lord that I trust in his provision and care for me and that I realize I must rest in order to continue serving him.
This weekend, will you consider how sleep is an act of surrender and worship? And will you thank God for the way he has sustained and cared for you through the many nights of your life?