Can you hear it?
You know, the thoughts, fears, and worries that awaken you at night. The fear that looms so large you can’t go back to sleep. That one concern on your mind seems so much worse in the dark. It grows larger and larger by the minute. And, then it goes bump. (If nothing else, the bump is in your imagination.) The bump gives way to continual chewing on the doubts and fears. Examining them. Stewing over them. And you wish you could turn it off and stop thinking about it!
When we were young, it was monsters in the dark that scared us. Now it’s our thoughts and fears that transform into monster sized worries, and they terrify us during the night.
Does that happen to you, waking in the middle of the night and then worrying over one consuming thought for an hour – or two or three? Those thoughts, fears, and worries seem so much bigger during the night – and then seem not so huge anymore after morning comes. (Thank the Lord!)
The thought occurred to me the other day (after another one of THOSE nights) – that the worry causing my fear often is the catalyst that brings about a positive change in my season.
What if that thing you fear will be the consequence that finally
brings your prodigal back . . .
wakes your family up to reality . . .
alarms your mate to get your relationship back on track . . .
or brings an end to your trial, whatever it may be?
As you may recall from this post, being brave is constantly on my mind these days. I’m now nearly half the way through the 100 Days to Brave* by Annie Downs. I began on the sixteenth of June, so obviously, I sometimes work through more than one day at a time. It’s so addicting! 🙂
I have been called to be brave in many ways since starting this study – and in completely different ways than prompts from Annie each day with her daily question. Bravery often comes down to mind over matter. Knowing in your mind that God is in control, and we must be on board with His will. Whatever the outcome, we know it will be better for us in the long run when God is at the helm, driving the ship so to speak.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
God knows our desires. Heck, He knows everything about us! Resting in His word and standing on His promises makes a world of difference.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
But we must remember to pray and ask. Talk to Him about your desires. He wants you to! And we might be surprised by the blessings He comes up with down the road.
God’s Purpose Will Always Over-Rule Our Doubts and Fears
Regarding the part in the Philippians passage about thanking the Lord for what He has done, are you spending time in praise to our Father each day? If you weren’t around for the Praise Challenge, it can really make a difference in your attitude. Changing your focus to His grandeur rather than your desires makes a huge difference in your joy factor. Entering a time of praise while you’re worrying in the night helps you turn your mind from worry to worship – and then get back to sleep.
What other ways do you use to turn off the worry in the middle of the night?
Because He lives~
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