Monday, October 8, 2012

Getting to Sleep

This post is fifth in the Psalm 127 series "Live Like a King."

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It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.
~ Psalm 127:2 (NKJV)

Getting to sleep used to be a simple matter. Most nighttimes past, my head hit the pillow, sleep embraced me within moments, and my next conscious thought did not seep in until daylight.

During the last few years, sleep has become more of a tease. I'll play that game for up to an hour. Whether sleep eludes me when I go to bed, or a moment of wee-hour wakefulness grows into sixty, I refuse to stay in bed once an hour has elapsed.

Occasionally, I'll get up and attack a pressing task before taking another stab at logging some Z's. But I know in my heart that's not the way to go. So most often, I'll get up and read the Bible for an hour or two, then easily give myself to slumber. Without fail.

For in much wisdom is much grief,
And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
~ Ecclesiastes 1:18 (NKJV)

Wisdom and wealth—King Solomon possessed greater stores of them than any mortal before or since, gratuitously indulged in both, yet found no pleasure in his intemperance. As I've said before, Solomon carried Wisdom, but Wisdom did not carry Solomon.

So it is with me. And perhaps you. I forget or otherwise fail to consciously choose wisdom.

I have well learned that if I go to bed thinking about the Lord's goodness, getting to sleep comes as easily as breathing. But if thoughts prevail of those pressing tasks, or of the problems that seem to have me boxed in, my mind remains in this world rather than the world of sleep.

… for so He gives His beloved sleep …

Sure, I need to get the proper nutrition for the right hormones to bring on sleep. Though I'm one of those oddballs who can sleep about anywhere, an environment conducive to sleep is helpful when insomnia is a problem. But ultimately, getting to sleep by night is like getting productive by day.

Or, if you prefer Christian vernacular, getting to sleep is like getting fruitful.

When the focus is on me, when I indulge in cares about this world, when I rely on my own wisdom and knowledge to untangle a problem—all of them as the devil prefers—there is no peace.

When the focus is on my Lord, when I indulge in His Word, when I rely on the wisdom and guidance of the Spirit, there is perfect peace from the Prince of Peace.

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
~ Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

It's all about You, Lord. It's all through You. Please remind us often. I love You. : )

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  1. I hear ya! When I let God be God and handle my problems, then sleep comes easy but when I focus on my problems instead of letting God do it, I am restless.
    Matt 6:33

    1. TC, I love that verse! It perfectly captures the blessing in "love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength":

      But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

  2. Yes, amen. I give my problems to God, He will be up all night anyway my friend.

    1. Yes, Denise, He never turns us away, any time of day or night.

  3. I sleep better when I find ways to 'count my blessings' rather than replay those terrible things that happened throughout the day

    1. David, counting blessings is not only WAY better than counting sheep for getting to sleep, but it also gives us SO much more joy!

  4. Can't we talk about something I am more disciplined at?

    1. Mary, you DO know that if I was disciplined at getting to sleep because I keep my mind "stayed on the Lord," I probably wouldn't have experienced enough conviction to write this post. :P


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