Our third granddaughter entered the world nine weeks ago and we are just crazy over her. Each one of our granddaughters is unique in her own way, presenting us with experiences vastly different from the other.
The wonder of watching a new life grow and develop never wears thin.
A few days often pass in between seeing her and each time, we make the same remark, “She grew. How can it be? This baby must grow in her sleep!”
There is a mystery in the growth of a baby. We watch in complete wonder as the transformation occurs over the course of time.
“Sleep” is defined as the taking of a rest from normal functions; inactivity; a dormancy (taken from dictionary.com).
While being asleep may appear as a lack of activity, our bodies are quietly and busily at work restoring and repairing our cells so they are prepared for the next day.
Sleep requires our minds to be calm and our bodies still.
The Psalmist tells us:
“Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10, NLT)
There is something which occurs as we are still before God, something restorative and repairing.
“The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and restorer of homes” (Isaiah 58:11-12, NLT).
As we are still before God, He imparts life and blessing to us. The imagery in these verses tells us the blessings are not solely for ourselves.
The blessing spreads to those around us who also will find a vitality, a joy, and a hope from being with us. We encourage, motivate, and inspire those without hope to also rebuild their lives as their relationship with God is restored.
May I learn from my granddaughter’s example, and
be still before God and grow.