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Are we sleeping in God’s way?

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I’ve had trouble with sleeping the last several months. It all started when I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning. What was I doing? I will admit I was reading books that were so interesting that I didn’t want to put them down. As a result, I started sleeping during the day.

It got to the point where my system was reversed. Up all night, sleep all day. In a way, that didn’t matter, because I didn’t have anywhere to go anyway. But at some point, that will change.

My doctor gave me some pills and some suggestions, and now I am sleeping at night. But I also want to sleep during the day. The Bible actually talks about people who sleep too much. For example, Proverbs 20:13 says, “Do not sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.”

We know that God planned for us to sleep sometimes, though. So, He made a time called night. And He made our bodies to need sleep to reenergize them. But he also meant for us to get up during the day.

God Himself does not need sleep (Psalms 121:4). But, according to scriptures in 1 Corinthians, the dead sleep. In fact, I have seen a number of tombstones which proclaim that the person is “asleep in Jesus.” But some people will still be alive when Christ returns and as 1 Corinthians 51-52 says, “We shall not all sleep, but we will be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will raised...”

I think when we die, we will be in asleep in the presence of the Lord. And then we will all enter heaven together. I know some people think differently, but that makes sense to me. (Neither will we become angels, since God has already created those beings.)

So, enjoy our sleep time and enjoy our waking time — as God planned.

Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.

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