We all have those nights when we just can’t fall asleep. Whether it’s because we are letting stress get the best of us, we had too much caffeine, or we are too excited about something, the bottom line is we just can’t relax enough to fall asleep.
As the clock continues to tick, we think about how much time we have left.
“If I fall asleep now, I can get 6 hours sleep.”
“If I fall asleep now, I can get 5 1/2 hours sleep.”
On the game goes, with no end in sight.
Much of the world has turned to regularly taking “non-habit forming” sleep aides to help get their much needed rest. Why is it that our world can’t find sleep? Too busy? Too stressed? Not getting adequate nutrition and exercise?
I think that the majority of the time, we aren’t giving our problems to God. We have had hectic days or had to deal with unpleasant things, and we are having a hard time “turning off” our mind to relax. Women, especially, seem to sit and think about the things in life that concern them. It is our natural tendency, and we need to find a way to stop it so we can get a good night’s rest. The morning comes too quickly for us to not be sleeping at night.
Years ago, I heard a sermon on starting our day the night before. At the time I though it was interesting, but didn’t really take it to heart. It wasn’t until I was reading in Genesis with my kiddos that I became very aware of something that I had never paid attention to before. When God created the world, every day is:
“And the evening and the morning, the _____ day“.
Hmm…. Evening and morning. All my life I saw days starting in the morning. That is the beginning of the day, right? Well, here we see that God says evening first. Even the Holy days and Sabbaths are observed starting at sundown the night before. God also tells us that we are to not let the sun go down on our anger. Why? Maybe because if we start our day off with festering in our hearts, it will make the rest of the day suffer.
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” Ephesians 4:26
Having a quiet time and Bible study in the morning can make such a huge difference, but what about spending time with God at bedtime? The days I have the best, most restful sleep are the ones where I took time to pray before I fell asleep. By starting the day when God made it, we can focus on Him and be able to get better rest, not carry our worries from yesterday to today, and be better equipped to handle the things of today.
Many a night, I have felt worried or stressed and began praying about my troubles. As I give all of my problems to God, a wonderful sense of peace replaces the angst. As I continue to pray, now much more relaxed, I am able to drift off to sleep. I used to feel a little guilty, like I had been disrespectful to God, but now I see it as God is easing me to sleep. As He takes all my worries, He allows my body to rest peacefully.
What a wonderful God we have, who not only takes all our cares upon Him, but gives us much needed rest.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7