Awake to Christ - And Sleep Sweetly
PERHAPS we have all had anxious, sleepless nights. Do we have to endure stoically their debilitating, sometimes devastating, effects? Or is there a way to end weary nights? The Psalmist's words give us hope that there is a solution. He sang, ``My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.''1 Here is the hope of ending the anxieties that lead to sleepless nights: waiting on the Lord.
Waiting on the Lord, understanding God, has a quieting, restful, healing effect even when our usual sleep eludes us. He who waited upon the Lord more than all others, Christ Jesus, could sleep during a storm at sea -- and wake to still the storm and the fears of his followers. Or he could stay awake all night in prayer and go out in the morning fully rested to help and heal others without fatigue. He said to all, ``Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.''2
Awakening to Christ shows us the loving nature of God, caring for His spiritual creation, man, under all conditions. When we let Christ into our hearts and lives, the disturbing mistakes of dishonesty, impurity, selfishness, fear, resentment, hate, are replaced with the harmony of integrity, purity, love. And as we learn more of God, divine Truth, this understanding rests us and restores our peace.