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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Do Dads Ever Sleep?

This is article is courtesy of Kathy Carlton Willis, www.kathycarltonwillis.com



Do Dads Ever Sleep?


By Dr. Charles W. Page


Considering the pace of our modern world—dads probably shouldn’t sleep. Who’s got time?

Unpaid bills.

Undone tasks.

Unrealistic deadlines.

Untimely interruptions.

Even when fathers prepare for rest there are too many thoughts racing through a dad’s mind:

Unkept promises.

Unfamiliar circumstances.

Unpredictable people.

Unforgotten failures.

Sometimes in sleepless desperation dads can feel like throwing in the towel—wondering if they will ever be good enough to meet the challenge of living in our nanosecond culture. Instead of looking around at the challenges facing them or within at their own inadequacies, dads must learn to look up. When we look up toward our Heavenly Father, the whole equation changes:

Unchanging God.

Unsearchable wisdom.

Undeserving grace.

Unfathomable love.


Christian dads can sleep because God’s got their back. Dads who understand that God’s eyes never close can rest in calm assurance as they lie down to sleep (Psalm 121:1-6). God’s got your back, Dad and He never slumbers or sleeps. And if God’s staying up anyway there’s no reason why you should miss out on rest. As we look up to God our helper we are

reminded of several truths that give our hearts calm assurance as we lay our heads on our pillows.


1.

Trust in God’s providence as we lie down to sleep.

Whatever circumstances we face—they pass through the hands of a loving, all knowing God.


2.

Trust in God’s provision as we lie down to sleep. For most dads the greatest challenge is the “to do” lists that burden our minds as we lie down for rest. As dads we must learn to trust God to finish the things left undone in His way and in His time.


3.

Trust in God’s protection as we lie down to sleep. Dad, you can rely on God to surround you and your family with a hedge of protection as you rest. Psalm 121 reminds us that God is watching or guarding our lives—day and night. The one who never slumbers or sleeps has your back while you close your eyes for rest.

Your Heavenly Father always knows best, allowing you to rest in the truth of the verse “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). As you close your eyes for sleep, you can trust in God’s providence, provision and protection. Allow God to do for you what you cannot do for yourself while awake. The One whose eyes never close in slumber created you


Dr. Charles Page is a sleep-deprived surgeon who completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He and his wife Joanna live in Texas with their five children. He is the author of Surrendered Sleep: A Biblical Perspective, which releases later this summer. When the project goes live, you can find more information at www.surrenderedsleep.com.


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