“I will make a covenant of peace with my people and drive away the dangerous animals from the land. Then they will be able to camp safely in the wildest places and sleep in the woods without fear. - Ezekiel 34:25
Oh to sleep without fear! In even the wildest places, no matter what dangers surround. I long for that.
Instead, my sleep is difficult to attain because I am constantly worrying the same problems in my mind, over and over again. My rest is disturbed when I do fall asleep, and I wake feeling battered by the fears I harbor in my heart. Anxiety makes slumber an escape I both long for and resist.
I have not understood fully, the covenant of peace that God has made with us, His people.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. - John 14:16-19
He can drive away the dangers and make a safe encampment for me. He can calm my fear. Still my mind. Quiet my heart. Embolden my spirit.
Because sometimes we need to be emboldened to rest, don't we?
I think a big part of my problem is that even in my sleep, completely unconscious, I am still trying to be responsible for whatever is going on in the light of day. There comes a point where I've done all I can, but I still stubbornly cling to that sense of responsibility and control. That needs to stop!
This evening, I am doing a few things to prepare myself to get some good, solid sleep.
First, I will declutter my sleeping area. I want my mind to feel calm, and this helps with that. Next, I will do a "brain dump", which is just writing down every single thing in my head that keeps me up at night. I like to write as if it's a letter to the Holy Spirit. Then, as I lay down, I will listen to scripture lullabies and lay with my eyelids gently closed and my hands open instead of fisted. I will fall asleep praying, surrendering to God.
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. - Romans 8:6
God in Heaven, we are never without Your covenant or Your peace. I know You alone are mighty and compassionate enough to set a safe camp around me while I rest. Help me to trust You more and more. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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