When Sleep Just Won't Come

6:51 am Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. 1 John 3:20 (MSG)

It’s 6:30am. I can hear birds singing in the garden and see light peeking over the horizon. In a few moments, I’ll sneak back into bed to be there when my husband opens his eyes to greet the day. I, on the other hand, have been awake for 3 hours. What have I been doing? Worrying, and then worrying about not worrying, thinking I should be sleeping, but mostly worrying. Sound familiar?

While tossing and turning last night I needed to be reminded of the simple truth in 1 John. I forgot that God is greater than our worried hearts, that he’s bigger than our anxieties and that he not only holds the future but knows more about it then we do.


It’s terrifying to trust that God really is larger than the burden in our hearts or the anxiety on our minds but if we want a good nights sleep sometimes we have to believe it. It takes courage and it takes commitment to keep giving our fears, stresses and uncertainties to God to handle but it's worth it (and sometimes it's the only way to get through). I can't tell you how to get more sleep but I can tell you to keep praying: God you know better than me so I am going to leave this in your hands. Then close your eyes and let him be God.

What keeps you from trusting God with your worries? Isn’t time you rest and leave him to be the one who never sleeps?

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