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Thought for the Month- November 2014
“Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121 v 4
We cannot function without sleep. Just one night without sleep will significantly affect our ability to concentrate and perform.
The front page of the P&J today reported a story focused on the investigation into the AirFrance crash of 2009 where AirFrance flight 447, flying from Brazil to Paris, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of the night, killing all 228 passengers on board. The last frantic moments in the cockpit were captured by the black box flight recorder, “we’re dead!” screamed one of the pilots. Tragically, those were the last recorded words from flight 447. The investigation found that the cause of the crash was not purely down to mechanical fault but human fault played a serious part. Two of the three pilots fell asleep at a crucial point in the flight, ultimately resulting in them losing control of the plane. Apparently the senior pilot had only slept for 1 hour the previous evening. 228 passengers, whether knowingly or not, put their faith in the abilities of 3 pilots to get them to their destination. Not one of them made it.
Tiredness can be a severe limitation. Sleep, although essential, can, under certain circumstances, prove fatal. When we choose to sleep is not always in our control. The Psalmist reminds us that our God neither slumbers nor sleeps. He is the God who keeps Israel and He is the same God who keeps His children today. God never tires of hearing and answering our prayers. He never tires of protecting His children. He never tires of providing for our needs. Our faith is in a God who is eternal in His being and as such never sleeps. Always in control. Always available. Ultimately, He is a God who will bring His children safe home to their eternal destination. We can be sure of that.