For the past three years, I have had difficulty falling asleep and remaining asleep. My problem is common and it is well known that as we age, problems with sleep increase. I have tried numerous sleep aids and while they have helped a little, I believe it is a more profound problem than aging or a physiological change. Many nights, I find myself anxious about what I need to do for the next day or pondering unresolved issues from the previous week. The anxiousness is always exacerbated on Sunday evenings, anticipating the next workday after a weekend of rest. In a way, it is related to age since the longer I live, the more the problems accumulate.
I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise.
Psalms 119:148 (NLT)
An anonymous person penned these sage words. “The average person is crucifying himself between two thieves: the regrets of yesterday and the worries about tomorrow.”
How I wish that during the nights when I cannot sleep, I would think about God and His promises that He always keeps rather than drowning in my problems and potential failures that may occur. Why stop there? Every moment of the day, I should be thinking about His promises; the ones that He has fulfilled and the ones that He will deliver. God is able to keep what I have entrusted to Him. If I give Him my anxieties, He will deal with them and give me peace.
I don’t need a sleep aid. I need to rest in God.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.