|Beautiful sunset courtesy of Eileen DeCamp |
"When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet," Proverbs 3:24 (NIV).
Friends and colleagues often comment about their inability to sleep well. I am grateful to God that I sleep well now. But I remember times when I didn't. One time in particular comes to mind.
When I was nineteen years old, I got married and within the week moved 3000 miles away from home. I knew no one in this new place. In addition, my husband's job took him away from home regularly for one to six weeks at a time. Loneliness made the fears loom large at night. Every little bump and creak brought imaged horrors that stole my sleep.
One day as I read the Bible, I came across Psalm 4:8. It became a companion and a promise of God's abiding care. I reasoned with myself before my nightly prayers. While I sleep, God is awake; so why not allow myself to rest in His arms and let Him take care of my world while I sleep. My fears would subside. Sleep was sweet.
Today, Psalm 4:8 is literally written on my bedroom wall.
My heart goes out to the many people who experience insomnia for whatever reasons. I hope these Scriptures minister peace to you as they did for me and offer you sweet sleep.
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