Thursday, August 19, 2010

MUST-DO on a Sleepless Night

Many times we lie restless in our bed tossing and turning, thinking and pondering, until we fall asleep. I’m not sure what your reason is. It could be confusion (as you plot a never-ending T-square analysis to aid you in your decision-making), worry (when you desire change and you don’t know where to go and what to do), fear (of not pleasing other people in your presentation tomorrow), anger (that rose from broken relationships), frustration, regret or even emptiness. There are a lot of causes, and sadly many brush them away thinking that their sleeplessness is simply a case of ‘insomnia’.

I know some people who prefer to tire themselves in the wee hours of the morning, rigorously cleaning their cabinets, staying online until severe exhaustion strikes them so they may fall asleep within seconds once they hit the sack. When God seems silent, we are restless.

I know how it is to be restless. Believe it or not, there had been times when I’d reorganize my cabinets until 3:00 am just so I’d be able to sleep. That’s why based from experience, I learned that there’s something more effective than sleeping pills or even counting sheep!

This is the REMEMBERING BACK method.

In Psalm 77, the Psalmist was also tossing and turning in his bed, crying out to a seemingly silent God for help. What the Psalmist did was he took comfort by deliberately turning his thoughts in the past, remembering what God had done for him and his people. He remembered how God divided the sea with His invisible hands and led the people to safety. His might was (and still is) incomprehensible. And this is just one of the many attributes of God that leaves us with no reason to lose our beauty sleep. When God is silent, it doesn't mean that He's absent.

Is there a particular time-frame or experience in your life that you can turn to when God seems silent?

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