“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept;” (Genesis 2:21a)
When the Lord put Adam to sleep it was a sleep so deep that he would not be able to feel the surgery which God performed on his body; nor was he able to see the handiwork of God when He created Eve.
Adam fell asleep with a lonely heart. He had no idea what God was doing for him while he slept. He was totally oblivious to God working a miracle on his behalf.
Many times we think that God doesn’t care about us, that He has not heard our weeping in the night, nor seen our broken hearts. We, like the disciples, sleep the sleep of sorrow, i.e. we sleep because we are worn-out with sorrow and grief. God allows us to be unaware of what He is doing on our behalf.
But even then, while we are not aware of what God is doing, He is working on our behalf. Even when we think He is “sleeping” He is awake and in action.
It is wonderful to know that while we are sleeping God is working. When you go to bed at night, do not fret and scheme how you will get what you need. “Leave it all in My hands,” says the Lord. “I will be working on your behalf, even while you are in a deep sleep, or are unaware of what is happening.”
“My ways are mysterious. They are too high for you. You do not know now what I am doing, but when you wake up to reality you will find I have a wonderful surprise for you.”
In the Beginning by Gwen Shaw
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