Not sleeping tonight…mind works!

SleepProverbs 3:24 – "When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet."

Did you know that there are 58 different verses that mention "sleep"?  I just found that mindless fact out by doing a word search on my computer.  Yeah, it is a useless search in some respects…I mean, there’s not much deep meaning about discovering more about what the Bible has to say about sleep.  Unfortunately, I’m NOT sleeping.  Not now despite the fact that it is way past my bedtime…at least for a guy who is over 50.  My mind doesn’t shut off at night.  It has been that way for a long time.  It is probably a biological thing but it is still a reality for me these past months.  Sweet sleep would be on the top of my list of items to covet.  I don’t need much these days…I love my wife who is absolutely the most precious person in my life; I love my kids, all of them and their interesting lives; I have 5 grandkids, all girls…what’s better than that?  I have some incredible friends sharing my journey in life and giving me a glimpse of the Kingdom daily…why not sleep in the midst of those types of blessings?  Who knows.  All I know is that I would love to have the peace in body and mind to be able to let go of the stress of life and live in the peace of sweet sleep.  I’m praying these days for something as simple as sleep.  Sleep means that I am resting in a new way…resting in God’s grace…resting in God’s guidance…resting in God’s power and utter faithfulness.  I think I’m going to try to give up right now…give up trying to manipulate my life into fitting some image of who I should be and what I should be doing.  I think I’ll just lay down now and say two words, no, not "good night" but "good God". 

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