Do you ever have trouble sleeping at night? Perhaps you went right to sleep when your head hit the pillow, but you find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night?
That happens to me often, especially when our baby cries. At first I am too sleepy to get out of bed, but once up, I’m wide awake and thinking about so many things. How can I get back to sleep?
Long ago it was suggested that people imagine sheep, counting them leaping over a fence. Such an activity would seem to put a person back to sleep, but our minds tend to wander, just as sheep stray away.
Perhaps God has us awake in the middle of the night for another reason: To Pray! Somewhere in the world is a friend who needs our prayers. When I lie awake at night, I pray for the names on my prayer list that God brings to mind. It’s okay that I may never know how these prayers have blessed others.
But this verse above from Psalm 119 gives me another idea for midnight prayers. How about using these dark hours as an opportunity to give thanks to Jesus for His many blessings? Instead of counting sheep by number, I can name each sheep as a blessing: Family, food, home, work, friends, etc. As the sheep jump the fence in my imagination, I lift up prayers of thanks to God for each blessing. Before I’ve hit the 10th blessing, I am often fast asleep.
Today’s TEA CUPP: The next time you are wide awake at night, I hope you’ll try this, too. Count your blessings instead of counting sheep.