Last night I spoke about sleep as "dwelling in safety... nestled in the arms of God". But nearly everyone has spent at least one night lying in bed wishing for sleep. For many, it is a nightly struggle... there are some who will sip warm tea or milk... count sheep or read a book, and this seems to bring them the sleep they crave.
This is not me... even now I have many nights were sleep does not come easily. I began to dread "bedtime"... wondering if I would toss and turn forever...or at least until the wee morning hours. I finally decided I would have to do something about my sleep... so I began to look at God's Word to see what it said about sleep. The passages I have found show how my loving Lord wants us to rest completely in him. To dwell in safety... to nestle in the arms of God... to be lead beside those peaceful streams of water.
Those were all the things I wanted at bedtime... and when they didn't come I decided to use the time in prayer. Often I will spend the night hours praying for the many prayer requests that come to me. I have found that the time I spend with God is very peaceful, sometimes I will drift off to sleep in the early morning hours... or sometimes I will feel very rested and able to start my day.
Whatever the night time brings me... I have found that trusting the Lord and using this time to pray is enough for me. I am deeply nestled in his arms and dwelling in safety beside the still waters. I have learned not to fret... Jesus is all I need to find true rest.