I can’t sleep!


You know those night you just can’t settle? Your mind is cluttered up with stuff, real and imagined? The 3am monsters create events that never happened and never will?

A wonderful, wise lady once told me how she handles these times: “I say to God ‘what have you got to say to me?’ and I lie in the dark, with no daytime distractions, and listen.

What a wonderful, positive way to turn things around – fear into joy and dread into hope. I now often pray this same prayer, with mixed results. Sometimes I feel peace and drift back off to sleep, sometimes I work through a worry, but with God rather than the night-ghouls in my head. Occasionally, I have to get up, make a cup of tea, and wait a while.

Last night was a “make a cup of tea” episode. It was 5 am when I gave up on sleep (and that’s early for me!). I sat by the patio and listened to the birds in the garden, and opened my Bible to work through my daily reading schedule.

Psalm 63 was what I read – David praying to God while in the desert, running from his enemies following a coup in Jerusalem.

One verse stood out:

“On my bed I remember you;

I think of you through the watches of the night.”

Wow! We’re in good company – me, my mentor-lady, and you (if you also do this). David cried out to God at night too. he goes onto say:ps63

“Because you are my help,

I sing in the shadow of your wings.

My soul clings to you;

your right hand upholds me.”

Next time you find yourself staring at the dark walls, beating off a riot of worries, thoughts, regrets or fear, turn to God. Ask him “what have you got to say to me?” or pray – a set prayer, song or conversation. Or speak the words of this Psalm.

Sleep well x


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One Response to I can’t sleep!

  1. Pamela Pritchard says:

    Thank you Lindsey!

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