Last night a wonderful experience that we all look forward to at the end of long, hard day eluded me – sleep. Yes, sleep that thing we do during the evening in order for our bodies to rest and ready itself for the next day. Three and half hours of sleep is not enough my friends. Maybe in my youth I could have stayed up all night and gone to school the next (something I did often during mid-terms and final exams) ready to face the day. Today I had help from one of my trusty little friends . . . coffee. Um . . . coffee never tastes better than when you have a few hours of sleep and you need that little extra pick me up to get the engines running.
So what caused me to be sleepless in Pasco? It’s that old enemy called the mind. Do you find that when your mind refuses to shut itself off the rest of your body follows suit even if it screams to be shut down for the required eight hours. Why do our minds try so hard to figure out things we can’t change? Why do our minds obsess over situations in our lives at 3:00 a.m.?
It doesn’t quite seem fair. I’m the type of person who’s most comfortable living in the moment. I don’t like obsessing over tomorrow, it hurts. It hurts my mind and when my mind hurts, I don’t sleep. It’s a vicious cycle. So what’s the answer? I really don't know. I did get up and pray and that seemed to help. I’m reading a great book by one of my favorite authors, Ted Dekker, When Heaven Weeps and read until my mind was forced to shut itself off and travel into dreamland. Just a side note – if you haven’t read any of his books do yourself a favor and run don’t walk to your nearest library and check out one of his many books.
So I leave you with this when faced with a sleepless night, get up, pray, read and get that coffee ready the next morning to jump start your day. I know that’s not really profound. If you want profound you should be reading a different blog.
© Nadine Z. 2006