“If I’m sleepless at midnight, I spend the hours in grateful reflection.” Psalm 63:6 (The Message Bible)
When I’m deep into a writing project, I often wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. I can’t say I spend hours in grateful reflection! I might spend a few minutes talking to God, “Please let me go back to sleep!” But, if I’m still awake after a half hour or so, I get up and read. I usually pick something light and inspirational like a Guidepost magazine article–hoping to keep my mind from soaring and possibly become sleepy enough to go back to bed.
There are times when I awaken around 4:00 a.m. and thoughts steam though my mind that drives me to the computer to capture them before they flee. I give the Holy Spirit credit for any “good stuff” that comes out of my sleepy head.
What do you do when you can’t sleep? Do you do the toss-and-turn scenario and become frustrated with the sleep you are missing–especially if you have a busy day ahead? In Psalm 63, David acknowledges that he has sleepless nights, but that he takes advantage of the time to think about all that God has provided for him.
Perhaps the next time I awaken before the sun rises, I will try to meditate myself back to sleep…but then I just might miss out on a perfect opening sentence for a novel!
Dear Lord, help us to rest in your loving arms–in or out of bed. Amen.