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It was the week prior to the 4th of July and all the kids in our apartment complex were stockpiling their fireworks. My own two children, who were 9 and 11 at the time, had been visiting the neighborhood stands daily, making selections of their favorite pyrotechnics.

This particular afternoon, it was blazing hot in California’s central valley, and I lay down on the bed to rest. The kids were playing safely, outside in the back yard (or, so I thought). Now, I’ve never been a “day sleeper.” But, perhaps it was the warm temperatures, or maybe the demands of single parenting catching up with me. Whatever the reason, I slipped into a deep slumber and was gone.

Suddenly I awoke to children’s screams. I bolted from the bed and dashed to the window to see fire shooting up from the vacant field directly behind our apartment. Flames hungrily swallowed the tinder-dry grass. Racing out the door to the side of the house, I grabbed a garden hose and began spraying. Surprisingly, it did the trick and within a few moments the blackened field was smoldering.

Sleeping On the Job

Obviously frightened by the traumatic event, the story spilled from the mouths of my children. Virginia, my 9-year- old, had ignited a “flash ray gun” and somehow the parched grass had caught fire. Thank God, neither of them were hurt, and the apartment complex didn’t burn down! But, I blamed myself for “sleeping on the job.”

One time it appeared Jesus was “sleeping on the job.” While crossing the sea with the disciples, he nestled his head on a pillow in the stern of the boat and fell asleep. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was filling with water. The disciples woke their Teacher, petrified the boat would capsize and they would drown. "Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace, be still!' And the wind ceased and there was a great calm" (Mark 4:39). The disciples marveled that even the wind and the sea obeyed their Master.

Whatever crisis you may be facing today, rest assured that God is not “sleeping on the job.” The Creator of the universe is in control. And, even the elements obey the Almighty when commanded.

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By Kathy A. Lewis. Copyright © 2015 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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