How many times could you have said these words:
"My soul yearns for You in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks You." (Isaiah 26:9)
How long has it been since you've had one of those nights where the challenges of the day warred for your attention in the night, sending you running for comfort?
When was the last time? This year? This month? Last night?
Pain, fear, anxiety, grief, indecision, uncertainty rob the respite a night's sleep offers. Physical challenges, financial worries, family strife, loss, stress, and the list goes on. Some of these challenges press in for short times while others seem to loom and threaten for seemingly unending stretches, pulling and straining on our existing internal resources until we feel exhausted, deflated, and dejected, tossing and turning through sleepless nights.
My energy, my resources, my strength waste away as I grapple with my frets, anxieties, worries and fears. I rise in the morning feeling even more weary than when I laid my head down to seek rest.
Where do you turn when this world's chaos threatens to rob you of your peace?
What an amazing promise! This almost sounds too good, too simple, to be true. Just keep your mind stayed (or steady) on God. So simple, yet so profound. But how do we know we can trust Him that much? How can we anchor this trust?
We can trust Him because He has always been there for His people. He has a faithful and sure track record.
He is our rock. He is solid, secure and steady. He is not going to leave.
His paths will guide us. He will never lead us astray.
And, when all is said and done in this world, with all its mess and chaos, God has a home ready for His children. And not just any home, but one where death is swallowed up and tears are wiped forever dry.
With these promises in place, we can ease our wakeful restless nights praying these words in full assurance:
May your nights be peaceful, nestled into the loving arms of our Father, our Creator, our Lord, our Savior.
Do you know anyone going through a troubling time? Perhaps these few words of assurance will help them hang on. Pass it on.
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