A few months after our wedding, we were chatting about the adjustment of sleeping with a person who is your total opposite in temperament. The conversation took place after dinner at the home of our friends and fellow newlyweds, Curtis and Monica. My Bruce falls asleep the minute his head hits the pillow — he is in bed my 9:30, and up at 5 AM. As a devoted and submissive wife, I wanted to follow my husband’s sleep pattern. The problem was that I am a seasoned night owl. Many nights, I found myself laying in bed for over an hour, tossing and turning. After Bruce was snoring happily, I often sat up in bed to read.
I was whining about how well rested I was to our friends. Since they’d married about a year before us, we were hoping that they had sage advice to offer on how to meld our sleep patterns.
Curtis is a creative type and night owl like me, so I wondered if he got up to work on projects after Monica drifted off into slumber.
Unlike my comatose, hard-working man, Monica is apparently a very light sleeper. She is in tune with the noises and movements of her home. If her husband twitched in the darkness of the bedroom under the covers, she would awaken. No covert nocturnal operations were possible in that home.
Bruce is very amused by my sleep pattern because I am a bit of a cat napper. I dislike going to sleep early, but I often drift in and out of slumber quite easily while we sit on the couch watching television. I will actually drop my head and snore quite happily for a few minutes, and then he says I wake up and start typing on my laptop just as if I had never closed my eyes.
Sometimes I wonder if God is cat napping. I mean, theologically, I understand that He is all-knowing and ever-present. I know this in my heart of hearts. But, then something heartbreaking happens to someone I love, and I wonder if maybe God wasn’t paying attention. How could this tragedy have happened on His watch?
Tonight, I found a verse that encouraged my broken heart:
God keeps an eye on His friends,
His ears pick up every moan and groan.
Psalms 34:15, MSG
My Abba doesn’t drift off to sleep on the job. He is in tune with my every noise and movement. His eyes stay wide open every moment of my life.
Something to think about…
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