Here we are, at the end of another busy week, and I need some sleep. Desperately! Maybe you do as well.
Honestly, a family of four could pack their stuff for a week in the bags under my eyes, right about now.
Family concerns, professional responsibilities, finances, personal issues, and other hot topics can easily send one’s mind awhirl – especially at bedtime. Maybe that’s the only time some of us slow down enough to ponder questions that plague us behind the scenes all day long.
So we stare at ceilings, waiting for sleep to come. It’s not that we’re worry warts, refusing to trust God with the details of our lives. It’s just that our minds are racing themselves in the night.
Yet a little sleep,
a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to sleep:
(Proverbs 6:10, KJV)
In those wakeful moments, we are faced with a choice.
We can toss and turn and grump and growl. We can try to rouse the snoring one nearby, be he human, canine, or feline. We can urge the night owls next door to turn down their TV or music machines.
Or we can focus on the Father in the quiet of the night, asking for revelation of His heart. Often, in such times, He opens our eyes, at least in the spiritual sense, to insights or greater understanding. Frequently, He nudges us to pray for someone who may need it right then.
Eventually, He quiets us to a slumber that is indeed sweet.
I’m thankful for sleep, which I hope to find one of these nights.
Actually, I’m considerably more grateful for God’s rest, which He promises to those who trust Him.
Come to me,
all who labor
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
(Matthew 11:29-30, CEV).
For what are you thankful?
From Sleeping Beauty by Viktor Vasnetsov
Public Domain Image
Thankful at Thanksgiving
Adapted from public domain artwork
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