Slightly Obsessed #238: When the Night Closes In by Pamela Thorson on 2019-11-20 09:54:10
God said: “‘I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands.’ And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the LORD all night.”
-1 Samuel 15:11
For years, I slept like a log. The demands of a growing household often left me exhausted at the end of the day, and I would collapse into bed and pretty much immediately fall asleep. Now I’m older, and our household is shrinking as our grown children have moved on to new lives. I’m in the season where the night has become the time to think and worry and pray for those I love. It has all become more intense, as well; the thinking and the worrying and the praying. The days are still filled with exhausting duties, but now my life feels more out of control; the burdens heavier.
Jesus often spent nights in prayer. His night watches, unlike mine, surely consisted less of thinking and worrying and more of communication with His Father. Losing sleep is frustrating, but it can be a time of fruitful communion with God if we do it right.
So, what should we do when night descends, and sleep doesn’t come? When the wolves of worry encircle us in the dark, how are we to respond?
Remember whose child you are, and the name you wear:
“O LORD, I remember Your name in the night….”
Remember to praise Him in gratitude for all He has done:
“I will remember my song in the night;
I will meditate with my heart,
And my spirit ponders.”
“At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You.”
Remember His many qualities and divine nature:
“When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.”
Remember to soak in His Word and listen for His direction:
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.”
“I will bless the LORD who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.”
Remember to wait patiently for His answer:
“In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord;
In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness….”
“My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.”
“At night my soul longs for You,
Indeed, my spirit seeks You diligently.”
Sometimes the night is the only time the Spirit of God can reach us through the noise of the day. It is the moment that His voice whispers to our souls what we can’t hear in the light. Perhaps, when sleep escapes us, and the pain and desperation for answers closes in, we can simply respond to His call with the words of the prophet:
“Speak, for Your servant is listening.” -1 Samuel 3:10
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. Her second book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver, released in 2014. She resides in the Northwest with her family.