Worry, stress, struggles, pressures, sickness, fatigue, and the weight of overseas life affect us all in so many ways.
Loss of sleep is possibly at the top of the list of affected things.
When I am worried, I can’t sleep.
When I have fears, I can’t sleep.
When I feel overwhelmed, I can’t sleep.
When I feel stressed, I can’t sleep.
On and on the process goes until I have many sleepless nights piled on top of the daily pressures of living overseas. As we all know, this produces an angry mom, an unkind wife, a grouchy friend and a complaining worker. Not to mention, a tired heart. Ugly… I know.
I’ve been tossing around this post about sleep in my head for a few weeks now and honestly, coming to the conclusion that there is one simple thing that Jesus wants to say to us all. Myself included.
Until we give it all to Jesus, we will not rest in peace.
We just won’t.
There is something incredibly powerful about handing it ALL over into His capable hands, letting it go, and going to sleep.
In fully giving it all to Him, we will learn to let our hearts rest. When our hearts rest, we will sleep.
Oh, I know what you are thinking.
And I agree.
The problems, the stresses, the issues, the conflicts, the transitions… they are all HUGE. Massive. Complicated. Stressful.
But again, until those things are handed over to the capable hands of Jesus, we will not rest. We will not sleep in peace. We will not experience His precious, gracious, refreshing recovery. We will not know the power of letting go and trusting Him to be on the clock while our bodies take a break.
We must learn that He establishes peace for us. He provides peace. He gives peace. He is peace. He is REAL peace.
This is something that I’m learning is not just a one time thing. Recently, I’ve found myself waking back up at 1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m., and 5:00 a.m. Not just kind of awake. Fully awake.
Wide-eyed and ready to take back all the problems of yesterday and bring on the coming problems of the new day before it even begins.
In those middle-of-the-night moments, my heart begins to race with the decisions we are making and the circumstances of our jobs and the greatness of the task. I remember things people said or things I need to do or things that need to happen so we can do this or that. I see dangers in the darkness that are not there in the daylight. At night, the stress feels heavier, the problems seem more overwhelming and issues become more daunting. The very things that I let go of the night before come rolling back through my brain and steal any chance of continuing in peaceful, needed sleep.
So I must walk through the process again. And again. And again.
Giving it all back over to Jesus, letting go, reminding myself of His promises and going to sleep.
There are things you can do to help with sleeping.
But I feel like God’s message for me and for you is to just simply give it all to Him.
Let Him have your day, your situation, your struggle, your mess. Give it to Him in full. And don’t take it back. Let Him work while you rest.
Sleep in peace, dear friend. God is on the job.
How are you sleeping these days?
What’s helping you to sleep in peace?