AS I read those stories of war life being interrupted because it was Christmas I became convinced God has the power to bring peace in the midst of all battlefields. If German and British soldiers were able to unify (even if only for a moment) in the midst of the battle and sing, "sleep in heavenly peace" surely God Almighty can bring you and me to enough peace to sleep.
God has the power to do this because He doesn't just BRING peace...HE IS peace! Ephesians 2:13-14 tells us that peace is actually a person. It says that we were "without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace."
Yesterday we studied Psalm 4:8, "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone oh Lord make me dwell in safety." We can lie down and sleep in peace even when experiencing a personal storm because we know that God will protect us despite the wind and waves that threaten us.
I recall when I was handling too many things at home, work and at church I felt my head couldn't hold all the "ought's." Finally I learned to go through the list and consciously hand it over to God; and then I could sleep. The sneaky thing about sleep apnea is that you think you are sleeping, but you fall asleep and then your airway is blocked and you have to wake enough to get your breath and this cycles over and over. Most of this occurs without you coming fully awake.
There are ways to help yourself get to sleep. Leave off caffeine after 11 AM. Don't eat heavy meals for dinner, and don't eat anything 2-3 hours before retiring to bed. A warm bath can be helpful approximately 20 minutes before going to bed. Some people are helped with "white noise" in the background or soothing music.
I recall when I was worried by issues I would have to convince myself all offices were closed and nothing could happen in the 8 hours I needed to sleep. Truly this is a matter of trust and choice. If we decide to "sort of" trust God; we are really choosing to limit our belief in His ability to help us. . We can determine to let Him be Lord over everything -- even our sleep. I have figured out ... finally, that nothing is worth losing my sleep over! Ultimately the battle is the Lord's and I must give it to Him. I can cast all of my cares upon Him, for He does care for me.
Psalm 3:1-5 (NLT)
1 O Lord, I have so many enemies;so many are against me.
2 So many are saying,“God will never rescue him!”
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;you are my glory, the one who holds my head high
5 I lay down and slept,yet I woke up in safety,for the Lord was watching over me.
The assurance of answered prayer brings peace. It is easier to sleep well when we have full assurance that God is in control of all circumstances. Whenever we lie awake at night worrying about what we cannot change, we need to pour out our hearts to God. We can thank Him that He is in control. Sleep will come when we trust Him.
Sweet dreams...The Prince of Peace is Here.