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Friday, September 17, 2021

Think About It

Sleepless Nights
Pastor B.J. Knefley

Sleepless nights don’t have them very often but when I do they always seem to start the same way, the off button to my mind quits working. Last night was one of those nights. I went to bed early and woke up after about three hours of sleep. For the next 2-3 hours I was awake. When I finally did get back to sleep it was interrupted by my Jack Russell running into the bedroom while taking a flying leap from the door onto the bed. Full of energy and having just been outside she was telling me it was time to get up and enjoy the day, after all she was. My wife, dressed and ready for the gym, wanted to take the time to quiz me as to why I was up during the night. I wasn’t in the mood to talk especially if it meant answering questions that would cause my mind to be engaged.

So what do we do when we can’t sleep? Do we go to the refrigerator to find something to eat? Turn on the television? Read? After all I’d just spend and hour lying in bed trying to go back to sleep, so waiting for sleep to happen seem to be out of the question. For me, the first thing I did was to check Facebook to see if anyone else was up at such a ridiculous hour. Nope, everyone appeared to be sleeping. Then it was the question, “Now what Lord?” My thoughts went to the story of a young man named Samuel from the Old Testament.

Samuel had a night when he couldn’t sleep either. In fact he thought that Eli kept calling his name so he’d go into Eli’s room to ask him what he wanted. Eventually Eli, now fully awake, realized that it must have been God calling out to Samuel and instructed him that the next time he heard his name to say, “Speak Lord, your servant is waiting”. Eventually Samuel did just that and heard God speaking to him.

The point is simple; sometimes when we’re awake during the night it’s a good time to just listen. God will often use the stillness of the night to speak the loudest. So the next time you find yourself up in the middle of the night, sit and listen. It just might be that God is trying to talk to you. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

While prayers and listening to God are always a good idea. I found hard work is the best way to avoid sleepless nights.

Anonymous said...

Well now. If the human population of the world is seven billion persons, give or take a few million here, and another few million there, I'd say God might have something of a problem with communication issues. But, being God I guess He's created some form of world wide communication... Who knows? But then too, perhaps God isn't a He. Could be He's a She. So if God is in fact a She, that would answer the question of God's vast powers of communication. I mean "Think about it". Who talks the most in your home? The he or the she? I rest my case.

But God, if you happen to see the above conclusions. Please keep in mind that I'm just a harmless old geezer. And too God, if you do happen to peruse the above ramblings, I'm sure you being the senior geezer, will understand.

You will understand won't You?