Some time ago I read about a youngster who was rattling off the words of this bedtime prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep;
If I should die before I wake,
I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take.

But when he came to the line “If I should die before I wake,” he got mixed up and said, “If I should wake before I die.”

This started me thinking. Many people lay their heads on their pillows at night without being sure of the destiny of their souls should they die before they wake. Others have so much anxiety about the next day that they would prefer to die before they wake. Family problems, emotional struggles, or employment difficulties make them wish they would be taken out of this life before the morning sun forces them to face another agonizing day.

This doesn’t need to be our experience. By placing our trust in the Lord, we can close our eyes at night with the assurance that the problems of tomorrow will not be greater than the God of eternity. Yes, we can fall asleep with the confidence that we are in God’s care. We can have the certainty that whether we die before we wake, or wake before we die, all is well.