We’ve all heard the phrase “sleeping like a baby” and most moms will tell you, babies DON’T sleep. In fact, I’d much rather sleep like my 4 year old, who can get comfortable in the oddest positions, than my infant twins, who wake up every time their flailing hands knocks their own pacifiers out of their mouth, and they act like it’s somehow YOUR fault.
But I don’t think it’s necessarily the quantity sleep you get, but the quality.
P E A C E
The Bible tells us, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
I snapped this picture of 8 week old Elliot this morning. Totally at peace. He’s not thinking “will mom be able to feed me in two hours when I’m hungry again?” “Will Dad protect me if something bad happens?” He doesn’t even know that bad things happen to be afraid of! He’s just sleepy, so he sleeps.
The Lord calls to be at peace like this. Don’t be troubled by the things He’s already promised to provide.
I remember the first time I ever heard the Lord’s voice. I was fresh out of high school, no job, and the college I wanted to go to, not only denied me from the program I wanted to be a part of, but I also realized I couldn’t even afford to attend. It was the first life crisis I’d ever experienced.
We lived in an old farm house without central air or heat, so my bedroom had a window air conditioner, which was incredibly loud. I felt this prompting to turn off the noisy unit, which didn’t make sense to me, being that is was mid-August in Indiana. But, I wiped my tears, got out of bed and turned off the air conditioner. I got back in bed and waited.
And waited. Nothing. I felt silly. Did I really think the Lords voice would come booming in just because I turned off my air conditioner? All I could hear were the bugs outside my window.
That was the moment I heard it. “If I take care of the bugs outside, what makes you think I’m not going to take care of you?”
Needless to say, my air conditioner stayed off all night long because after that, all I wanted to do was hear those bugs.
“What makes you think I’m not going to take care of you?”
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Elliot knows mommy is going to feed him. Daddy is going to protect him. What would make him think otherwise?
So tonight, I hope you sleep like a baby too.