“He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” — Psalm 121:3-4, NIV
Every time my daughter asks if she can have a slumber party, I wince. Why are they called slumber parties anyway? In my experience, slumber parties are notorious for the sleep deprivation of all concerned, especially the tired parents who dutifully feed, clean up after, and put up with noisy sleepover guests. If ever there was a misnomer, slumber party is it!
As an over-fifty adult, I need my sleep more than ever. The days of burning the candle at both ends has long passed. When I do occasionally experience three or four consecutive nights of sleeplessness, I suffer the ill effects of suppressed immunity to things like the common cold. Sometimes my ears even stop up and everything sounds like it is being filtered through a conch shell. My family can always tell when I haven’t had enough sleep because I become extremely impatient and short-tempered. In that state of exhaustion only one remedy will do: Sleep!
There is only one being in the universe who doesn’t sleep and that is God. Psalm 121 tells us that “He neither slumbers nor sleeps.” God is constantly on the move, present everywhere at all times, and working in the hearts and minds of mankind all over the world. When the sun goes down in one place, it dawns on Him in another. Only God could have the energy to provide around-the-clock care for His loved ones.
Some days I wish I could be more like Him, particularly when bedtime rolls around. At the end of the day it pains me to succumb to fatigue and leave undone the things I should have done. Yet as I mature God reminds me that even He rested after all His work of creating the world in which we live. Genesis 2:3 says, “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
Next time you curl up on the couch for a power nap, thank God that when you are weak He is strong. Praise Him for watching over you tirelessly, caring for you in ways you cannot see and at times when no one should have to. Rest in Him, knowing that even He rested from His labors and expects you to do the same and that in due time, as you wait upon Him, He will renew your strength (Isaiah 40:31) so that you may continue serving Him and others.