Princess and the Pea


Are you struggling with sleep? God has promised to give sweet sleep when we seek Him.

Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. (Genesis 28:10-11 ESV)

So clearly I’m a princess.

Not just because I am a child of the King, but because like the story, The Princess and the Pea, I cannot sleep unless my bed is just right.

I only recently discovered this the other night when I woke up and tossed and turned for over an hour, unsure as to why I could not go back to sleep. Finally, I laid still and took stock of exactly what was wrong. And that’s when I discovered it: the top mattress was about a half an inch askew from the bottom, causing it to oh-so-slightly give and slope down on the side. One half of  an inch! I scooted over towards my husband, but it was to no avail. I could still feel it.

Finally, I guess my flipping and flopping woke up my man and he stumbled his way into the bathroom. Recognizing the opportunity, I jumped up, pushed the top mattress over (feeling with my hand until the edges lined up), straightened the sheets and blankets and climbed back in. I was asleep within minutes.

So there you have it; I’m officially a princess.

His Word says, ‘If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.’ (Proverbs 3:24 ESV) But clearly those of us who are true princesses, need a little more than a stone to make that happen.

Father, I thank You that You’ve promised to give us sweet sleep when we seek You and keep sound wisdom and discretion. Help us to learn to shut out the distractions of this world that would seek to keep us from experiencing Your peace. Amen!

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