When Does God Sleep

Cheryl Johnston

When Does God Sleep? This sounds like a question my extremely inquisitive eight-year-old grandson, Trevor, might ask. He loves to stump me with inquiries about God that I cannot answer adequately. Simple faith, pure wisdom, and inquiring minds are gifts from God to our babes.

Why does God shake us from solid sleep in the middle of the night to roust us from bed? Is that the only way He can get our complete, undivided attention? Ashamedly, in my case, probably so. But am I complaining? No, because I love to be awakened by Him. In those wee morning hours He reveals mysteries and wisdom and life application that can't be learned from a study. Precious quietness and darkness with no distractions of daylight are rich with His truth. Some of His best gifts are given then. My friends who know Him testify to this phenomena as well.

The questions follow though - what time zone does God live in, and does He ever sleep? Is this awakening to God actually a redeeming in rest? My experiences have only been positive. I've actually considered setting my alarm clock for 2:30 a.m. to surprise Him. Then I wondered if perhaps He has an organized planning schedule for our awakenings so as to avoid electrical surges. I don't want to get ahead of Him in my zeal to follow, neither do I want to be responsible for power shortages.. From conversations with believing friends who are hungry for more of Him, I know that many experience there "night awakenings."

So my evening prayer now includes encouraging Him with special permission to wake me anytime He chooses. I have learned that His light shines on me in darkness, and I listen more intently in the silence of the night. Can one's mind be filled with too much of Him? That sounds like a question Trevor will one day ask of me.




When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you are trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but DON'T QUIT.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Success if failure turned inside out -
The silver tints of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are;
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things are the worst that you


The same sun hardens mud and softens wax.

Trials can either break us or make us.

Too much sunshine makes a desert; too much rain a jungle.



When Does God Sleep?

About Cheryl

Michigan-born, Tampa-raised Cheryl Johnston has loved living in Plant City, Florida since 1978. In addition to a manufactured housing industry career, she taught high school English and Journalism. Since good news abounds here in the Winter Strawberry Capitol of the World, she's written 13 years for Focus Magazine (www.focusplantcity.com). Through craft memberships in the National League of American Pen Women, Word Weavers International (Tampa), and Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, she's encouraged to practice lifelong passion for the power of words. Writing inspirational real-life stories is a favorite pastime, and especially those that point others to God. With her husband RJ, she enjoys road trips, golf outings, and home innings. Faith in Christ gives her great peace and this encourager (RJ calls her Pollyanna) likes seeing others discover their unique talents. You may contact Cheryl at:  cherylbethjohnston@mac.com 

In her younger years Cheryl was always a daredevil, she jumped off a second-story fire escape in sixth grade at Jackson Heights Elementary on a $10 bet she never collected. This might also explain why she's so short.


There are two kinds of people in the world when it comes to communicating; those who love to hear themselves talk and those who love to listen. Good communication skills begin with learning the skill of listening. Try this experiment the next time you are with a group of friends. Listen intently. Look the person straight in the eyes and ask questions rather than make statements. Respond by saying, "I see" when someone makes a point. By the end of the evening you will be considered the most thoughtful, considerate and wise person in the bunch. It really does make a difference. 



It is right to be contented with what you have but never with what you are.


Dare to Be Different

Dare to be different; life is so full
Of people who follow the same push-and-pull,
Poor plodding people who, other than name,
Try to pretend they're exactly the same.

God made men different; there never will be
A replica soul made of you or of me.
The charm - the glory of all creation
Rest on this very deviation.

Your charm - your own glory, too,
Lies in being uniquely you--
Lies in being true to your best,
That part of you different from all of the rest.

Helen  Lowrie Marshall


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