Wynken, Blinken & Nod
"Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light." Romans 13:10-12
In the beautiful poem, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, Eugene Field invites two little eyes and lovely head to sail and fish for the twinkling herring-fish beneath the singing and laughing moon. Their wooden shoe boat speeds them, rocks them to dreamland as mother sings them a song and they nod off to sleep.
Our nation has heard mother's song, too. We have chased the twinkling herring-fish beneath the moon and fallen fast asleep, but it is now time to wake up. As Romans Thirteen reminds us, the night is far gone and the day is at hand. It is time for us to shed our sleep and put on the armor of light—to be about the work of our Master, Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the one who has done every good thing and given every good gift. It has not been our own doing.
But it will be our undoing if we fail to wake from our slumber. God has been so very merciful to us, so patient and kind. Yet we cannot continue to sleep when we see so clearly the works of darkness all around us.
We have been warned repeatedly, lovingly.
Ephesians 5:14 says, "for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
This verse is so encouraging. It reminds us that God is still merciful. His light will shine on us.
If we will just wake up.