Can you sleep while the wind blows?

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. ~ Proverbs 3:4

I have spent many nights tossing and turning and praying for the dawn of day while making bedfellows of sleep’s nemeses: worry and stress.  As someone who has suffered from sleep deprivation, I can attest, there is nothing quite as sweet as a good night’s sleep.
But how does one rest when one’s heart is heavy? The answers lies in the following verse:  “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28

When you lie down at night, there is no law that says you have to replay all of your past mistakes or burdens or heartaches.  
Sleep is a gift.  A gift that allows you to forget all your troubles.  A gift that often reveals a solution or affords you the opportunity for a fresh start to conquer your concerns!  

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. ~ Psalm 4:8

“Lay me down in peace” has no part in lying in bed with visions of all the uncompleted tasks you have to accomplish, especially when these task are a result of procrastination. 

Therefore, part of being able to sleep is living a life of preparedness; like the parable of the wise virgins, we need to be prepared for the return of the Lord.

However, we also need to be prepared for the day to day challenges that come our way; because with preparedness, comes fewer challenges.

To illustrate, allow me to share one of my favorite sermon illustrations:



Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.
Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him.  The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.
Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!” The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.” 

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down.
  Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew. 
~ Author Unknown

The sleep of a labouring man [is] sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:12

Published in: on February 25, 2009 at 12:16 AM  Leave a Comment  

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