DayBreaks for 06/24/11 – The Sandman of Gethsemane
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I really don’t know where the concept of the sandman came from. Every parent knows about the “sandman”, and quite often prays for the sandman to come and visit the kids on those nights when the children are full of energy! The sandman is tasked with bringing sleep to the weary.
Sometimes the sandman is welcome – and then again, there are times when the sandman isn’t welcome – if you are sitting in church, at your desk in school or at work, or when driving a car. At times like those, the “sandman” is not our friend – he is our enemy. The “sandman” isn’t new in the 20th century. Long ago, in a garden on a hillside, the disciples were struck by this untimely visitor as described in Matthew 26:40: “40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.”
Have you ever, with the best and most noble intentions, risen up early or stayed up late to spend time in the word or in prayer but fell asleep? Or, perhaps at a very critical time in your life, when you really needed to talk with God and hear from Him, you start to pray…and pray…and pray…and fall asleep.
Satan is not only the father of lies, but he uses other stratagems to keep us from the things that will strengthen our souls, including weariness that brings either spiritual or physical sleep. 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 reminds us that we are to be different: “5 You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.”
I’m sure that when the disciples got to Gethsemane, they had no intention to fall asleep during Jesus’ hour of need. But you see, they had no idea that Jesus was coming into his time of need. And therein is the challenge. Perhaps there is someone right now that really needs you and your support. You may have the greatest of intentions – but when the time of need comes, be aware that Satan will do his best to get you to shut your eyes and miss the opportunity. Don’t let him lull you to sleep in such a way that you forsake your obligations and miss your opportunities.
Copyright 2001 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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