A few weeks ago, I had the blessing of sitting a row behind a father and his three-year-old daughter during Mass. He was holding his daughter in his arms, and she fell asleep before Mass even started. She slept the whole Mass, no matter whether her father stood up, sat down, kneeled, or walked forward to receive Communion, she continued to sleep in his arms. It was beautiful to see, and it made me think about my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Do I trust my Father in Heaven enough to fall asleep in His arms? Of course, God doesn’t want me to sleep during Mass and prayer… but He is definitely inviting me to fall asleep in His arms! Sounds great: sleeping in the arms of my Heavenly Father, combining two things I really love: God & sleeping. And God is inviting me to do it! So why is it so hard for me to fall asleep in His arms? Why do I struggle with letting myself rest in my Father’s arms?
Praying more about God’s invitation to rest in His arms, I started to realize that I’m struggling with letting go of control. I want to control every aspect of my life, even the littlest, most unimportant part, and when I sleep, I can’t control what’s going on around me or even what’s going on in my own life. And I don’t like that at all, it makes me nervous. But still: God is inviting me to jump in His arms, fall asleep and let Him carry me around, controlling and guiding my life.
And yes, I believe that God is almighty, I believe that God loves me, and I believe that God knows better what makes me happy than anyone else knows (including myself). So yes, I know I should trust Him more and allow myself to fall asleep in His arms… because God is good and trustworthy!
God even promises in his Word: “When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2).
Wow, that’s a big promise! I can’t do that for myself; I’m not able to walk through rivers without drowning or to walk through fire without getting burned. But God can make me able to do that and He will make me able when necessary! His promises are true! He will protect me, no matter what happens in my life. He will guide me and save me – because He is my Daddy and He loves me and cares for me!
What else can I do to answer these promises then trying to surrender, trying to jump in my Father’s arms, trying to fall asleep and trying to let Him take care of everything that’s going on in my life? Nothing… that’s the only good answer I can give. God is worthy of my trust, and God deserves my trust!
It’s still not easy for me to fall asleep in my Father’s arms, but I know that’s worth fighting for! God will make me completely happy if I completely trust to Him!
God invites you also to come and sleep in His arms! Are you ready to jump in His arms?