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Gift of Sleep

Gift of Sleep

For many years of my life I had a problem sleeping. I had very bad insomnia. Then I worked night shift for many years because if I couldn’t sleep at night, at least I could be productive. This crazy schedule changed my mind’s understanding of sleep. It was almost like I forgot how to sleep. On some days I was lucky to get an hour or two of sleep. It was horrible. I tried different methods in hopes of getting sleep. I took pills. I drank herbal tea. I listened to music. The list goes on and on.

God made us as beings who need rest. We cannot keep pushing ourselves along without sleep and still function properly. We need to rest. We need sleep. It’s a fact. Yet in society, we see more products introduced to help keep us awake longer. Rather than rest, people speak of taking the energy drinks—the Monsters and the 5 Hour Energy Drinks are very popular. People want to stay up for long periods of time. They have work to do—overtime to complete, projects to finish, etc. Rather than sleep, people believe enough caffeine will be satisfactory.

The Psalmist reminds us that God wants us to sleep—“He gives to His beloved sleep.” That’s YOU! He gives you sleep. “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest.” There should be no reason to get up real early and then go to bed in the wee hours of the night. Rest is important. It refuels us. It strengthens us. It revitalizes us. And it’s a gift—a gift from God. So tonight, accept this gift of sleep. If you’re having problems getting settled in, put it in God’s hands and in time may you find the joy of rest that I found after I gave my insomnia to God. My many sleepless nights are a distant memory—each night I am able to close my eyes and thank God for His great gift.

“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” – Psalm 127:2 [ESV]

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Thinking of You

Many people have bouts with insomnia; I feel like I could be deemed an expert from my experience. My record of sleepless nights is days long. Some people cannot sleep because of pain and illness. Some people cannot sleep because their neighborhood is noisy. Some people cannot sleep because the environment is uncomfortable. Some people cannot sleep because their mind doesn’t stop going.

I know many people who spend the night awake and thinking. Thinking of how badly they messed up during the day. Thinking of what they can do tomorrow. Thinking about someone special to them. Thinking of finances. Thinking of their kids. Thinking about house or car repairs. Thinking about how their life could be better. Thinking. Thinking. David wrote, “I lie awaking thinking of You.” He was awake thinking of God.

Today I want you to consider the last time you were thinking of God. Have you spent time just thinking about Him? Just meditating on His Word? Do you think about Him at night? When we spend our nights awake thinking about people, about bills, about struggles, about pain, about work, about failures, about dreams, we could be spending our time thinking about Him—is He not a part of our daily life? Does He not have a perfect plan? Look to Him. Think of Him.

“I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.” – Psalm 63:6 [NLT]

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