On March 8th I wrote about an enlightening scriptural experience I had, where I read a passage from the book of Mosiah, regarding my exhausting sleep situation with Benjamin.
A quick recap of that story: finding myself at the end of my rope, I prayed a mother's desperate prayer begging for sleep for Benjamin. In response to that prayer, I read of a people who also prayed for deliverance from a heavy burden. Their answer was that deliverance would come, but not right away. Instead, the Lord would lighten their burden and give them strength to bear it.
I felt this was truly an inspired answer to my query. I felt that although the past 15 months have been exhausting, the relationship that Benjamin has been forming with me will endure throughout his childhood and into those difficult teenage years when most kids distance themselves from their parents. I immediately felt comforted and at peace with the current situation.
A few days later, it occurred to me that I never read on to find out what happened to those people. I assumed they were delivered according the God's promise, but I was curious to find out how.
Not only did I find out what happened, but I discovered that God truly does have a good sense of humour.
It so happened that the faith of the people was great, and they bore their burden cheerfully. After an unspecified time period, word came to the people that on the next day they would finally be delivered. And how would it happen?
"The Lord caused a deep sleep to come upon the Lamanites."
I laughed out loud. For a good length of time. So while I must endure this trial for now, deliverance will come when the Lord causes a deep sleep to come upon Benjamin.