Of all of the things that come with being with a mom – the mommy brain, sleepless nights, cuddles and snuggles, drool, poop and oh so much more – one of my absolute favorites is when my 13 month old Justice, crawls up into my lap, tucks his arms in against his one-pack-Buddha-belly and falls asleep resting on me.
Justice has a sleepy song he sings to himself just before he fads into slumber. Well, calling it a song is a bit of stretch; he sounds more like a creaking door, in need of a serious douse of WD-40. He creaks and creaks until at last he relaxes and settles in for a good nap on his momma.
And I love it! I often wonder what he’s thinking as he sings his creaky song and zero’s in on sleep.
If you’ve been in Christian circles long enough, you may be familiar with those who admit guilt over falling asleep while praying, especially at night. Maybe you’ve experienced this. This is bad theology.
I think God loves – no, more than loves – He delights in us, especially in those moments when we speak with Him, yes, even when we fall asleep while with Him.
I am filled with joy when my boy crawls up into my lap to rest. It shows me he knows he can come to me without reservation. He comes knowing and trusting that I will hold him, rock him, soothe him, give him gentle pat-pat’s on his back and squeeze him tight when he needs his rest.
How much more does God delight in us when we trust Him enough to go to him when we need rest. To sing our sleepy, weary, worn out, songs to Him when we need to vent?
Psalm 116:1-2 says, “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned his ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.”
He bends his ear to hear you. In your joy, your thanksgiving, you heartache. He cares so much he literally cuffs his ear, bends it towards you and listens.
Years later Jesus affirms the Fathers listening, caring and loving character when he says, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:2-29.
Are you in need of rest today? Are you walking through your days singing your sleepy song, longing for rest and a bended ear to hear you? Look no further; for God is near. Crawl up into his lap, tell him what’s going on and take a snooze, resting and trusting in his unfailing love for you today!