Will Morning Never Come?

Friday, August 6, 2021
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It was one of the worst nights of sleeplessness that I'd ever endured. As part of his high school graduation gift, I had made plans for an overnight road trip, camping with my grandson. The drive in his beloved vintage Volkswagen camper van was wonderful, and we saw sights in Oregon, USA, that we had never seen before. After a long day of driving, we found a quiet forestry campsite for the night and settled in for a much-needed rest. Ryan, in his top bunk, slept soundly; but me, in the lower level — not so much.

My platform bed was totally suitable, and a second night after my aching bones had adjusted to the change would likely have been fine. As it was, my pillow was too flat, and I was not used to my borrowed, hot, confining mummy sleeping bag. All night long, I tossed and turned to all four cardinal points of the compass, rotating from head to foot, and side to side. Peering at my watch at one point, I was distressed to find that it was only 4:00 a.m. Three more hours to go!

I have been in other situations when it seemed as though morning would never come. A whining mosquito circling my head all night has seemed almost unendurable, and nights of illness can seem to be endless. A crying baby disturbs anyone's rest. Sometimes, my mind is going a million miles an hour and won't turn off as I mentally work through plans for an upcoming event or contemplate a major decision. Others have experienced night terrors far worse than mine. There are true dangers in the night that make daybreak most welcome. Things are often not as ominous or frightening in the light of day.

In times of restless sleeplessness, I often reflect on Psalm 4:8 – "When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace; you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe." (GNT). What a comfort and blessing it is to know that God is my sentry through the night. He is watching over me through those dark, lonely hours, holding me close. Another promise to cling to is "he gives sleep to his beloved." (Psalm 127:2b NRSV)

Point to ponder: In our times of restless sleeplessness, what do we do? Where do we turn? To the medicine cabinet for a sleeping pill? How much better it is to place our trust in Him to bear our burdens and give us peace and rest.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You that You lovingly guard and keep us every hour of every day. In times of restless sleeplessness, may we turn our cares and burdens over to You and trust You to keep us safe through the night. Amen.

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Gail Lundquist <gail10833@gmail.com>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Love that verse in Psalms, Gail. And the story.


    Certainly everyone who reads or hears this delightful devotional will identify with you, today, Gail. Well-said, helpful, and inspired.


    Morning, Gail,
    Nothing worse than being unable to sleep. Thank you for your SOUND advice and thoughtful devotional.


    Thank you, Gail, for sharing this peek into your camping experience and especially the lesson it taught. These days my sleeplessness comes courtesy of my aging bladder. I call them my yo-yo nights since I’m up and down to the washroom! Blessings.


    Greetings Gail,
    Thank you for another of your very positive and reassuring writings. Yes no matter how very dark our life moments can get we can trust in our loving Lord to be there and help us through each situation. Blessings for your mindful writings.


    Hi Gail: It’s not uncommon to experience nights of fear and frustration. I also have. Many of us have, fortunately to escape thanks to the light of day. Reading your story made me thankful I’m not alone. Thanks so much,
    (Ontario, Canada)


    Dear Gail,
    My heart goes out to you as you gave such good examples of your times of
    restlessness, I thought I could feel your pain. I’m thankful to know Him and that we can cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us!
    God bless you, Gail!


    Dear Gail, Wow when I read your submission today, I thought this is exactly what I could have written even down to psalm 4, for sleep. I prayed that I would feel safe and secure on my own and sleep well. The Lord blessed me here, I sleep every night with God’s Heavenly host pictured above me. I wish you the very same. Thank you for sharing Gail. God Bless You!
    (On. Can.)


    Dear Gail,
    Thank you so much for your beautifully written, practical Devotional! Ironically, I just spent a sleepless night from 3:30 on, due to pain. Before I go to bed each night, I pray the Psalm you mentioned for each member of my family. I will lie down and sleep in peace for You, alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
    Thanks again for all the Devotionals you contribute, Gail!
    Blessings! Joy! Laughter!


    Dear Gail:
    I really enjoyed your devotional!
    When I was eight years old, I was having nightmares. My dad sat me on his knee and helped me memorize that verse. I added it to the end of my prayers and – no nightmare! When I forgot to add it, I would have a nightmare.
    What a wonderful way for our Lord Jesus to teach a child to really talk to Him, with thought!
    Now, at 78 years old, I still end my nightly prayer with that verse.
    Wishing you all of God’s blessings.
    Keep writing!


    Good morning Gail,
    I will have to remember that psalm verse you quoted:
    Psalm 4:8 – “When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace; you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe.
    I have been and am going through some medical issues which cause me to have to get up too many times during the night, and then have trouble getting back to sleep, with the result that I wake up tired. I have used the phrase, “Be merciful to me Lord” saying it over and over again as I saw in a church service on YouTube one Sunday, but the worry of what is, or might be, is certainly affecting (or is it effecting) my lifestyle. Just so you know, I don’t go to the medicine cabinet. Our doctor swears by “Walking” to produce more endorphins.
    Thank you for this very appropriate devotional this morning. Ready to get my walk in on the treadmill now.
    Blessings.


    Good morning Gail,
    What a wonderful gift to give your grandson as a graduation gift. A sleepless night is a small thing to pay for sharing time together. We can all relate to those sleepless nights which even happen in our own bed and lots of times we never understand way. Sometimes we do know because of what is going on in our lives but sometimes they just happen. It is a good time to reflect on our faith and to pray for others and ourselves. Sometimes when I wake up, I have a message in my brain to reach out to someone and it usually turns out that there is a good reason. God speaks to us even in restless times.
    Thanks for sharing your experience and reminding us of God is there to keep us safe in the darkness of the night as well as the light of the day. May you be blessed with many more devotionals to remind us of the importance of God and Jesus in our routine daily lives. Enjoy.

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