Always Awake

He will not let your foot be moved; 
    
he who keeps you will not slumber. 
Behold, he who keeps Israel 
    
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper; 
    
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.

Psalm 121:3-5

It was midnight. The little girl was eight years old, and she came up to her parents’ doorway. Her father could see her silhouette by the glow of the nightlight in the hallway. She said, “Daddy, I’m scared. I can’t get to sleep.”

It was the third time she had come to their door that night with the same problem. So he got up out of bed, took her by the hand, walked her down to her bedroom, pulled back the covers, and tucked her in.

He said, “Rachel, did you go over your Bible verses we’ve been learning?”

“Yes, Daddy.  I’m still scared.”

“Well, Rachel, did you count sheep?”

She said, “Yes, Daddy. I’m still scared.”

“Well, Rachel, did you talk to the Shepherd of the sheep?”

“I prayed, Daddy, but I’m still scared.”

“Well, Rachel,” he said, “Let me tell you something. It’s a secret. Nobody knows this, but I want to tell you.”

He continued, “Some people need more sleep than others. Have you ever noticed that when you come to my room, I’m always awake? You never have to wake me up. So if a burglar comes, I’m going to hear it because I’m awake. And if a monster comes around the corner, he’s going to have to come past my room first, and I’m going to see him because I’m always awake. You can be safe because I’m always awake.” 

She said, “All right, Daddy.” Then, he kissed her on her nose and on her forehead. He kissed her on her dimpled chin, and he said, “I love you, Rachel.”

She said, “Love you too, Daddy.”  As he went away, she went to sleep.

The truth is, we’re not always awake. No dad or mom is always awake. And do you know something?  Even when we’re not asleep, we still can’t do everything that needs to be done to protect our families. We just can’t do it.

But praise God the Lord can. And we can call on Him.

We can call on a God who never sleeps, who never stops watching, and whose power is able to protect us and our families perfectly.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!