When we can’t sleep and need rest

It’s been two weeks now and that just seems like a long time ago.  Yet we are here again with Kate and our friends at Five Minute Friday.  Kate gives the word prompt and we write for 5 minutes on that prompt, link-up together and share.  If you’d like to join us, click here.  Our word prompt today: SURPRISE

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10:34 PM…  11:23 PM… 11:55 PM…   12:33 AM… 12:55 AM… 1:15 AM… 1:34 AM….

I’m always surprised as how fast fear can take over.

My mind mulls over the events of the day and all that’s on the agenda for the morning.  Thoughts conjure up imaginary what-if’s and I’m worrying over made-up scenarios and how they need to work out.

  • How will I fix this?
  • Where will the answer come from?
  • When… and how long?

And now I’m twirling in a whirlpool of worry and my circumstance has not even changed.

And while I’m twirling and whirling… I shouldn’t be surprised at how fast His grace rushes in when I call to Him.

Sometimes I’m so busy fretting and worrying I forget who ultimately holds all of this and who has it under control.

I’ve learned some time ago that He handles things so much better than I do.  I’m still learning how to stop trying to solve and instead resolve to let Him carry the load.

It’s about putting a stop to the whirlpool of worry and instead holding onto the promise of His Truth to us.

His promises of

  • I will never leave you.
  • I work all things for the good.
  • I will meet all your needs.
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.  Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good will come and settle you down.  It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7

So as we toss and turn, our worries produce nothing but unrest.  Yet as we turn our mind toward His Truth, we are rescued from the whirlpool of drowning worry and placed in the lifeboat of His Grace…. then we rest well in the peace He provides.

STOP

Happy Friday all.

24 thoughts on “When we can’t sleep and need rest

  1. Rachel, I’m so thankful for Gods grace that surprises us. So much THIS: “And while I’m twirling and whirling… I shouldn’t be surprised at how fast His grace rushes in when I call to Him.” Great post. I’m over in the 43 spot this week.

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  2. It’s something we must continually give back to Him, this worry. It’s not a one and done deal – although I wish it were! Such colorful descriptions of the whirlpool of worry, Rachel. I always love your writing. I pray you lay your worries down today (even if more than once)!

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  3. Rachel, I’m sorry you deal with insomnia. I’ve been there. For years, in fact. You are so right. When that whirlpool of worry tries to whip me up into a froth of mess, I need to point my thoughts toward Jesus’ truths and give everything to Him. I loved what you said, “to stop trying to solve and instead resolve to let Him carry the load.” I’m still learning that skill too.

    Have a good (restful!) weekend, my friend.

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  4. Oh, I just love that passage from Philippians! I’ve read it over and over and over again when I get in one of my worry stews. And ever. single. time. God blesses me with peace.

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  5. Isn’t it funny how we still believe that worry will change things even though we know it won’t? At least I believe that, somewhere in the back of my mind.

    I loved the image of God’s grace rushing in. In my imagination I see a dam breaking and a great wall of water bursting forth, covering everything in its path. That’s His grace upon me. I can fret and fuss or I can drown in the wonder of His loving mercy. I can try to solve things on my own or I can turn to Him.

    Now if I can just remember this this next time I have insomnia… 🙂

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  6. Rachel, your words are beautiful, and the truths you shared in your post extend hope. I’m claiming God’s promises you reminded me of today. Thank you. Praying instead of worrying… hopefully one of these days I’ll learn and do that first! Bless you!

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