A health crisis, a financial setback, concerns over children, parents or family in general; these are just a few of the many things that tend to send us in the direction of tossing and turning. Uncertainty about how things are going to happen, how things might happen, and all the in between scenarios, tend to surface in the dark (and in our waking hours too). We hash out all the what ifs and walk through every possible outcome that invades our troubled, sleepless minds.
Psalms 56:3 NLT
“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.”
When we think about our hurts, struggles and the things that cause us anxiety and pain, we also need to remind ourselves that God is there in those moments with us. God is there when we get all twisted up inside. God is there when our tears fall. God is there as we moan and ache our way through the uncertainties of life. Every tear is counted. Every moan and ache is heard. Every time we toss and turn, God is there.
Psalms 56:8 NLT
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
As children, when we couldn’t sleep because the fears that find us in the dark were pursuing us, we turned to our parent for comfort and reassurance. Just like that child, when fear and doubt is pursuing us, we should turn to our ABBA, Father God. When our fears and doubts are taking us out for a spin, when we are running wild scenarios in our heads, we should reach out to ABBA. When we are hurt and aching, we should cling to ABBA as our tears fall. When we turn to our Father, we will find comfort and peace. Tossing and turning over worry and anxious thoughts, doesn't accomplish much more than twisting our sheets into knots, along with our shoulders. Yes, as mere mortals, we will have moments when we struggle with anxiety and fear, but our ABBA God is bigger and stronger than all of our fears. When we turn to ABBA, we will find comfort, peace and the reassurance that only a loving parent can bring.
Psalms 56:11 NLT
“I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?”
Awake, asleep or somewhere in between, when uncertainty and fear pursue us, turn to God and find the reassurance of His loving comfort and peace.