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Monday Musings – special Tuesday edition 14/01/14

peaceful sleepPeaceful Sleep…

We have a product here in Africa called “Peaceful Sleep”.  It comes in two forms, a spray can that you apply to your skin or a plug in that you place in an electrical outlet.  The product is designed to keep those pesky, annoying, malaria carrying mosquitoes from buzzing around your head at night, supposedly giving you a “peaceful sleep”.

Sometimes it is not the mosquitoes that keep one awake.  The cares of your own life, the concerns you have for others, the coffee that you drank later than you should have, have a way of contributing to sleepless hours in the night.  For me, sleep patterns are never consistent.  Sometimes I lay awake for what seems like endless minutes.  Other times I fall asleep right away and sleep through the entire night.

The night before last, I slept through the night, last night; I awakened at 4 a.m. only to move from side to side. At first, I prayed for some friends and situations that I had committed to praying for.  Then I began to think of some of the worries of life and began to feel that strangle hold around the neck feeling.  So, at 5 a.m., I decided to get up and start my day by reading the devotional from “Our Daily Bread”.  Ironically, today’s reading is called “Sweet Rest”.

Here are a few excerpts.  “Try as we might – tossing, turning, fluffing the pillow, pounding the pillow – sometimes we just can’t fall asleep…It is then that the example of David in Psalm 4 can help…’Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still’…The Lord desires to help us set aside our worries about finding solutions to our problems and place our trust in Him to work things out.  He can ‘put gladness’ in our hearts, so that we might ‘lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone. O Lord, make us dwell in safety’.”

I am a morning person.  When I go to bed, I am already looking forward to setting my feet on the floor in the morning.  It is the sleepless hours in the night that I do not enjoy.  However, I am learning to use those hours to pray, meditate and trust the promises of God’s Word.  Tonight, may be a sleepless night, but tomorrow night I may sleep like a baby.  Either way, God will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed on Him!

It is now 6 a.m. and time to put the coffee pot on, start my day, and send out this blog.  Who knows, there may be someone in another part of the world who can’t fall asleep and will read my “musings” only to fall into a “peaceful sleep”.

Until next Monday…

Don

www.reinventingthechurch.com

 

 

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