“my sleep departed from my eyes”
I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately. Too much going on, mostly with my daughter’s upcoming graduation, and my brain is running. In the daylight hours, I know that we’re on pace to get everything done in time, but in the middle of the night, things are always bigger.
So there I was, at 4:14 in the o’dark, trying to fall back asleep. Sometimes, in those situations, I come out to the living room and turn on the TV. I know that watching some cooking or home improvement show will distract me enough to allow my brain to relax. But I want the TV to be the absolute last resort when I can’t sleep, so I tried to give my brain something to think about.
I’ve done things like thinking of blessings that start with A and B and C, and going through the whole alphabet. I’ve prayed for the people in my life, or for people around the world whose problems are worse than mine. Which is easy to do because as I’ve mentioned, my problems are really only problems in the middle of the night…
But last night, a different idea popped into my head, and I started trying to think of Bible verses that I’ve memorized, then reciting them, in numerical order ~ either from chapter 1 of a book, or verse 1 of a chapter. Here’s what I came up with…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
For it is by grace you have been saved through faith; not of works, lest anyone should boast.
For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Count it all joy when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in all things, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Whatever things are true, noble, pure, lovely, of good report, if there is anything of virtue or anything praiseworthy, think on these. These things which you heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
I came that they might have life, and have it to the full.
Ten points to anyone who caught the mistake in James 1:5, which is really: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives liberally and without reproach.” The verse I recited in the middle of the night was actually James 1:2-3. Whaddya want from me? I was sleep-deprived!
Anyhow, I fell asleep trying to come up with a verse for 11. So it worked!
Oh, the wonderful, unexpected blessings of claiming His Word… Read your Bibles, people!