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Sleep in faith

sound_asleepOh, to sleep like this!

But even better, to have a faith like this!

My good friend Mark Dever once reminded me that sleep is a picture and a parable of what it means to be a Christian.

Your sleep tonight will be a small but real act of faith.

You’ll lay your full weight on a bed, trusting this structure to support you. You can fully relax, because no effort at supporting yourself is required; something else is holding you up.

And in the same way, throughout the night as you sleep,
Someone else is sustaining you.

This is a picture of what it’s like to belong to Christ.
     ~ C. J. Mahaney, Humility: True Greatness

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What are you doing lately that is a real act of faith?

Are you aware of what/Who is really sustaining you?


Pamela said...

Awesome. I love the verse in the Psalms that says, "I will lay me down in peace and sleep." I love thinking that it is a portrait of belonging to Christ.


Barbara H. said...

At first I thought the act of faith involved in sleeping was that nothing bad would happen while we were asleep. :-) That's something I had to wrestle with when my husband was traveling a great deal.

Loved your link on your sidebar about being an introvert -- described me perfectly.

Nikki (Sarah) said...

Lisa...what a great analogy....I really like this image...laying your full weight.....hope your weekend is going great.

Renee Ann said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing this post with Spiritual Sunday. Blessings!

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

What a wonderful analogy, I love the picture,it's priceless.

Charlotte said...

Interesting comparison. Sleep is such a wonderful restorative event. I'm thankful for sleep and thankful most nights I sleep really well.


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