He Sees You When Youâ€™re Sleepinâ€™…
By Dr. Charles W. Page
Do you recall trying to sleep on Christmas Eve while waiting for Santa to come to town? The anticipation of Saint Nicolas and all his goodies was just too muchâ€”who could sleep? The lyrics of Santa Claus is Coming to Town taunted me. â€œHe sees you when youâ€™re sleepingâ€”he knows when youâ€™re awakeâ€¦â€ I tossed and turned trying to fall asleep, fearful Iâ€™d miss out on Santaâ€™s visit if he caught me awake. I never doubted Santaâ€™s ability to be aware of my wakefulness.
Unfortunately, as adults, the issues that keep us awake during the Christmas season are more complicated than those we experienced as kids. Financial burdens, strained relationships, difficult decisions, brooding regrets and fretful thoughts race through our minds and hinder our rest.
There is someone who â€œsees you when youâ€™re sleeping and knows when youâ€™re awake.â€ Itâ€™s not Santa Claus. The Bible reminds us, Godâ€™s eyes never close. Perhaps this truth can tuck us in for the night.
â€œHe will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.â€ (Psalm 121:3-4)
We erroneously think that as we â€œturn inâ€ that God somehow â€œturns offâ€ or moves on to do more important things. But God doesnâ€™t wait for us to wake up before He returns to work. God is just as active during our sleepâ€”or sleeplessness. Believers can rest assured knowing God is awake guarding our lives.
What does God do as we slumber? Psalm 127:1-2 reminds us that God gives to those that He loves as they sleep. What does God give? Understanding Godâ€™s generous nature, one rendering would be that God gives to the believer whatever is needed at the time. God can give you wisdom and direction with decisions as you â€œsleep on itâ€ overnight (Psalm 16:7, James 1:5). Maybe there is a financial need. The scriptures are filled with examples of how God provided for the physical needs of those He loved as they rested (I Kings 19:1-8; Exodus 16:1-8).
Godâ€™s gifts are good, perfect (James 1:17), eternal (Ephesians 1:3) and purposeful (Galatians 5:22-25). They do not require batteries, warranties and cannot be purchased in stores. But they are available 24/7/365â€”not limited to one night each year. Godâ€™s greatest gift did not arrive under a tree but on a tree (John 3:16). â€œHe who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things?â€ (Romans 8:32)
Itâ€™s plain to see, God has our back as we sleep. Try this Christmas recipe for rest.
- Repentâ€”in areas where we are aware of our transgressions. â€œA clean conscienceÂ makes a soft pillow.â€
- Releaseâ€”control of problems youâ€™re facing and give them over to God.
- Relateâ€”connect with God through prayer and meditation while in bed.
- Restâ€”allow God to do what you cannot do for yourself as you sleep.
- Receiveâ€”Godâ€™s unmerited forgiveness, grace and blessings while you sleep.
An English proverb reminds us, â€œAs you make your bed so you must lie in it.â€ The truth of Godâ€™s Word helps us face our situations. Although we cannot change the failures of our past, we can rest with a clean conscience based on Godâ€™s gift of forgiveness. Our current circumstances may appear overwhelming, but God gives His presence and His guidance in our hour of need. Our future is secure and hopeful when Godâ€™s greatest giftâ€”His Sonâ€”is kept in view. A life supported by a vibrant, healthy relationship with the Shepherd of Sleep makes the most comfortable mattress. In childlike faith learn to trust Him as you lie down to sleep and remember: â€œHe sees you when youâ€™re sleeping.â€
Author Bio:Â Charles W. Page, M.D.
Dr. Charles W. Page is a sleep-deprived surgeon who completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Page is currently a rural surgeon and has taken numerous medical mission trips to South America and the Middle East. He and his wife Joanna live in Texas with their five children. He is the author of Surrendered Sleep: A Biblical Perspective. You can find more information at surrenderedsleep.com.
Surrendered Sleep:Â A Biblical Perspective,Â by Dr. Charles W. Page
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