My husband has been struggling with his sleep lately. He gets to sleep but wakes up often. One night his Fitbit recorded ten instances of restlessness. The night before last he slept for one hour. Thankfully, last night he only woke up once and was able to go back to sleep and had a good night of rest.
While I think that a sleep study is in store for Dave, the Psalms have spoken to me about my own sleep. Psalm 4:4 says, “Tremble and do not sin, when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.” A review of our day’s actions and thoughts and taking the time to hear the Lord in the silence of the night is a good practice. Add counting my many blessings at bedtime and often it helps me to calmly fall asleep. Psalm 3:5 says, “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.” Tim Keller comments on this by saying, “God is the only one who sustains you, whether an army is pursuing you or you are at home in your own bed. God sustains every breath you take.”
While there are physical reasons for not sleeping there are also spiritual ones. Do you and I reflect at the end of day and ask the Lord to show us our ways? Do you and I trust, regardless of our circumstances, that He sustains us through the night?
Sleep tight tonight!
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.