In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Ps 4:8; NIV)
There is something about being secure that lets us sleep more peacefully. When we are in the surroundings that we know, we sleep better, but the opposite is also true. When we are in surroundings we don't know we tend to sleep lighter as if one eye is open at all times.
Take hospitals, for example. I, for one, get very little sleep when I am in the hospital. Even though people are working there that are trained to help others and to make sure you are safe, I still don't sleep very well. It may be all the strange sounds, others (or myself) yelling out in pain, peculiar bed, strange smells, strange people who wake you every couple of hours to give you something to help you sleep?!?
But take a young child who falls asleep in his father's arms, that child feels total at peace and safety. I know when my boys would fall asleep in my arms, their comfort could easily be seen because they could not be awakened for anything. I would throw them over my shoulder like a sack of potatoes, and haul them to their beds. I would gently put them down and cover them up, and as I turned off the light, I would hear, "nite dad."
It is now October 2019, and I wrote those words almost 20 years ago, and it wasn't until this moment that it dawned on me. While the boys were in my arms, you could have fired a cannon off next to them, and they would continue to sleep, unfazed. Put them in their own beds, where they are comfortable and secure, and with just the barely heard "click" of the light switch, they were awake enough to say, "nite dad."
When we are in the Father's arms, we can sleep in perfect peace because he does have us dwell in his safety. If my boys could find the kind of protection in my arms that make them feel that secure, just think of the security we have in our heavenly Father's arms. God comforts and protects us, and when we are with him, so we know we can lie down and sleep in peace with him.