Strange bed. Strange room. Strange place. Trying to get comfortable, but it’s not working. Tossing. Turning. Can’t sleep.
Can you relate? It’s fairly common when you go on a trip. You’re in a hotel or relative’s house. It’s unfamiliar territory, so often times it takes some time to adjust. Or perhaps when you go to bed with lots on your mind—worry, stress, bad day, unfinished business—you can’t get comfortable. You toss and turn, sleeping then waking. Or if you’re like me you’re wide awake from 1am to 4am. (Ugh!)
I was reading through a bit of Job recently where he is bearing his heart through much of his struggles. I noticed in Job 7:4 he says, “Lying in bed, I think, ‘When will it be morning?’ But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn” (NLT).
Admittedly Job’s story is quite different than ours. He literally lost everything—health, wealth, and family. We cannot even begin to relate to what he went through. But here in this moment, when he says, “…But the night stretches on, and I toss and turn until sunrise” (The Voice), it’s a vaguely familiar sentiment.
If you’re like me, these sleepless, fidgety nights are frustrating. Honestly I get downright angry sometimes. But somehow, some way, I believe God may just be using these wee hours of the morning to communicate to me. I think His desire is to pour into me some of His great insight. Unfortunately, with the busyness of life sometimes, this is the only time in a 24-hour period where He is able to get my attention. At the very least, during these times of waking when I should be sleeping, I should take all of my “unfinished business” to Him.
Sleepless nights may not ever happen to you. (If not, be very grateful!) But here’s my challenge: Next time it does, pay attention to what God may be wanting from you. You may want sleep, but He may want YOU!