Often fear keeps us from sleeping. I’m not suggesting that we are afraid of the dark, but something is behind our restlessness. I remember when I started my career in ministry. I was full of energy and read to do “the Lord’s work.” I worked long and hard, giving every ounce of energy to my new calling. After a few months on the job I was exhausted. I slept 4 to 5 hours a night and would often lie in bed, wide awake thinking about some aspect of life or ministry that needed my attention.
Two things surfaced I as took a step back to look at my sleep patterns, Anxiety and Fear. I was constantly worried about what others were thinking about the job I was doing. Was I working hard enough, were others seeing enough results from my labor, would this new ministry survive financially? I would lie in bed trying to solve every problem or anticipate every unforeseen problem. Contrast this way of doing life to Proverbs 3:24 “If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
It is a choice to let go. It does not come easy, but if we will “lie down” and trust the Lord that He can do this (whatever the “this” is that we are worrying about), we will experience sleep that will be sweet.