Eyes wide open, I turned to look at the clock on the nightstand, 2:18. I groaned, “Not again, why in the world am I awake at 2 in the morning? That’s the third night in a row. There’s nothing I can do at 2 a.m. to fix any of my problems, so why am I awake?”
Sleepless nights. We all have them at one time or another. Sometimes we’re awake because of pain, or hunger, or some other physical reason. More often, it’s our own mind, our thoughts waking us up, keeping us awake.
Just this week, I read not one, not two, but THREE different posts on Facebook from friends who struggled with not enough sleep.
In 2 Corinthians 11:27 the apostle Paul writes, “I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.” (NASB)
Awake in the middle of the night, I know there’s not a thing I can do to solve any of my problems. I’m not at work to earn money to pay bills, the household chores have either been done or must wait so I don’t wake my husband, and it’s certainly the wrong time to consult with any friends who might be able to help.
It’s just me.
Well, it’s me AND God.
I used to ask, “Why am I awake?”
But now I turn to my 4-Step solution for these sleepless nights. Mentally, instead of dwelling on the things I cannot do at 2 a.m. I,
- Praise God for His amazing creation
- Share thoughts of gratitude
- Pray for the people whose names come to my mind
- “Cast my cares” upon Him
Without fail, every sleepless night I take the opportunity to do these things, when I do fall asleep, I rest well and waken refreshed, ready to meet the challenges of the new day.
The next time you’re confronted with a sleepless night, spend that time with the Lord. You won’t regret it.
It might even become the most productive part of your day.
“I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely,” Psalm 16:7-9 (NASB).