I liken ‘only asleep’ to a seed planted in the ground. Once the seed is in the ground, the farmer cannot be able to fully understand what the seed is going through to break forth and out of the ground. But God can. The Lord said, “…A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.” (Mark 4: 26-27). The seed does not break forth on man’s schedule, but on the timing of the Creator of all things.
As a Christian, we learn that man’s timing is not God’s timing. Also we appreciate that while man may classify a situation as ‘dead’; in the eyes of God it is simply ‘asleep’. When Jesus Christ was told that the one he loves is sick, he spent two extra days before heading out to Lazarus. He found him dead and buried. However, Christ had explained to the disciples that Lazarus was asleep and he was going to wake him (John 11:1 – 14).
Sarah, wife of Abraham must have reasoned to her husband that ‘surely my womb is dead irrespective of God’s promise’…however her womb was simply asleep waiting the appointed time of God.
A situation can look dead, like Jairus’s daughter who lay still on her bed. But, Jairus firmly believed in Christ’s word, irrespective of the mockeries and wailing at home; he held onto faith in God’s word that his daughter is simply asleep (Mark 5:21 -43) .
Be encouraged and resist plucking the seed of your faith from the ground, for God is still on schedule.