I can sleep (Reflections on Mark 4)

I wrote this a little while back. I didn’t feel comfortable posting it. The language felt too simplistic. Writing in this form feels more vulnerable. I wasn’t sure if this was just for me or whether it was meant for others. But since the time I wrote it down, it has come to me over and over as I see God working here and there. I see God doing things around me and in me I know I didn’t do. God works as we sleep and rest and trust. These words came when I saw connections between several stories in Mark chapter 4 of the Bible.

I can sleep.
I will grow.
I can sleep.
Storms will rage.
I can sleep.
Results will multiply.
What am I listening to?
God, tell me the secrets of your kingdom.
I can sleep.
Small seeds will grow.
I can sleep.
God will rise.
I can sleep.
I will wonder how.
I can sleep.
The kingdom will expand.
Can I hear?
God, tell me how you work.
I can sleep.
Fear can go.
I can sleep.
God will speak.
I can sleep.
Faith can rise.
Please, God let my faith arise.

Others, like the seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop -thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.
Mark 4:20

Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
Mark 4:27

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Mark 4:40

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