February 09, 2016
Good Night, Beloved!
Are you so tired that you have gone beyond the point of relaxing and falling asleep? Has your mind and your body been stretched to the limit, and is your mind still racing and your body still tense? What do you do? Quit fighting and get up to work around the house, or keep struggling, hoping sleep will eventually come?
When I travel with Morris to crusades around the world, it sometimes is difficult to adjust. My mind and my body are in "jet lag," working in one time frame while I am living in another. Sometimes contemplating the coming week makes me even more overtired and unable to sleep.
I had quite a struggle with sleeplessness until someone kindly gave me some pointers, "Theresa, God promises His beloved sleep (Psalm 127:2). It doesn't say that sleep has to come at a certain time or in a certain way, but that it will come to provide your body and mind with the rest that it needs to glorify God."
I decided then and there to trust in the promise given in Psalms. I'd pick a Scripture promise verse that applied to that day's need and repeat it out loud, thanking God for meeting those needs. The burden was no longer mine, but His. I used my time awake to talk to my Father. How sweet His communion. To my surprise, the time spent talking to my Heavenly Father relieved me so that the sleep, even if only a few hours, gave me more rest and strength than if I had slept eight hours. How faithful our Lord is to meet our practical needs.
Try this now as you prepare to sleep. See if it doesn't work for you, too. Hear God saying now, "Good night, beloved."
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Dear God, I thank You for Your promise of sleep tonight and every night. I cast my cares upon You (name each care as you give it to God) and thank You for Your restoring gift of sleep now. In Jesus' Name, Amen.