|Great companion on sleepless nights:|
Ceramic by my daughter;
light from my son.
As I woke up abruptly at 2am early this morning, after less than 3 hours of sleep, I thought, "Seriously, is this becoming the norm?" I was frustrated immediately but, caught myself knowing that frustration wasn't conducive to going back to sleep. On the nights that I don't sleep through the night, I get an opportunity to read my Bible without any interruptions and keep up with the great devotionals I receive via email. Since I volunteer & communicate for 3 ministry groups at my church (Women's Ministries, our church choir & our church orchestra), I love to save great quotes, notes & scriptures.
Last night, after reading my Bible & numerous devotionals... and after Facebook chatting for awhile with another mother who wasn't sleeping... I came across something I'd saved to share with others at a later date. It was perfect for what I needed in the wee hours of the night:
"At night, find comfort in My names: Shepherd, Savior, Immanuel, Prince of Peace." ~ Sarah Young, Jesus Today: Experiencing Hope Through His PresenceUpon seeing that quote, I turned off the light & began thinking about all those names... Lamb of God, Good Shepherd, Sacrifice, Savior, Immanuel, Son of Man, Light of the World, Friend Who Sticks Closer Than A Sister (you know what I mean), Deliverer, Finisher of Our Faith, Cornerstone, Prince of Peace...
Sleep came within minutes. I woke up this morning, having gotten about 5 hours of sleep, yet feeling as though I'd slept 10 hours. AND, I have a theory on that. It's a thought that came to me in my college days when keeping up with 3 jobs & a full course load & a possibly-too-full social life. I remember thinking that if God could actually do anything, why couldn't He rest my body in any amount of time, no matter how small, as if it had rested for 8+ hours. Since then, on restless nights, I just ask God to rest my body completely in the time I am able to sleep regardless of how little.
Why couldn't He? He's God, after all. He's bigger than insomnia!