A God Who Never Sleeps

I was awakened at 12:05 a.m. this morning by a text from my wife Carolyn who is with 23 other Woodsiders on a short-term trip to Thailand. They are 12 hours ahead of us. It was almost exactly the same as the text message I had received 24 hours earlier. The team had taken a three-hour trip by sontel (a small pickup truck with bench seats around the box for passengers) up into the hill country to do medical and dental work among the Ahka people.

The text messages shared the good news that each of the last two days six adults had responded positively to the gospel message. After receiving the texts, I wrote back words of celebration and assured them of my prayers as they continued their ministry into the next village.

Before I could return to sleep I lay in the bed and rejoiced over an incredible truth: we have a God who is at work when we are asleep. We have a God who neither slumbers nor sleeps. He does not need to sleep. All over the world God is beautifully, powerfully and often mysteriously working out His will to benefit people and bring him glory. While He has often chosen to work through human hands, He does not need to. We are thrilled to be in this divine human cooperative with the Lord.

Far too often I have worried or stressed about something that I wanted to do or was supposed to do. The pieces were not coming together and I lost sleep. Solomon reminds us of the truth: “it is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for He gives to His beloved sleep” (Psalms 127:3). The passage could also be legitimately translated, “He gives His beloved in sleep.” In fact when one reads 1 Kings 3 he will find that God gave Solomon great wisdom in his sleep.

God is at work at Woodside-even when we are asleep!

3 Responses to A God Who Never Sleeps
  1. Larry Louzon

    What a wonderful comfort that is. Thank you for the message Pastor.

  2. Ann Gacioch

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing Pastor Doug!

  3. Robert Boyce

    What a blessing our phones are! That simple text message gives us comfort knowing all is well in His hands.