When You Can’t Sleep

October 29, 2015

With the lights off and a quiet house I rested my tired head on the pillow. I longed for sleep, but my eyes stayed wide open. I couldn’t shake the news that came a few hours earlier – or the lengthy work list it brought with it.

After a sweet family dinner and prayers of thanks for another football season, Luke and I tucked our then-three munchkins into bed. Luke lingered with the kids while I walked back to the kitchen to tackle a sink overflowing with dishes. That’s when I heard the phone ring. Someone from Luke’s work. Why would they be calling this late?

Moments later, on the phone with an official from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Luke mouthed the word “traded” to me. And the whirlwind began. Our new team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, wanted Luke there by 8 a.m. the very next morning. After a quick brainstorming session we decided the whole family should go, since Luke would be knee-deep in work and someone had to take care of the rest of the details.

We packed late into the night and prepared to leave home before sunrise. When I finally dropped into bed, I set my alarm to scream at me just a few short hours later. As I lie there, a text message interrupted my racing thoughts. My friend, who happened to be up at that hour, checking to see if I was okay.

I wrote her a short message to say I’m trying to sleep but can’t stop thinking about everything I still need to do. And the words she wrote back have stuck with me for almost a decade now,

“God’s up. You don’t have to be.”

Just last night her words rang in my ears when a thunderstorm rattled me from my sleep. As I watched the tree leaves shake outside the window and diligently updated my weather channel app, I felt God’s gentle nudge on my shoulder reminding me,

{ I } will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber.” Psalm 121:3 (HCSB)

This truth, my friend, is a game changer – a life changer. I’ll tell you, it’s saved me a lot of sleepless nights over the years. And as one who’s done it both ways – up with my problems or asleep with God’s protection – the latter is always better. I’ve found that my alertness doesn’t change the extent of my problems.

Awake or asleep my problem remains. Awake or asleep God’s protection reigns.

I pray you’re well rested and ready for God’s plan today, but if you’re not, I pray we all take a dose of this truth before bed tonight!

God’s up. You don’t have to be.