Sleep didn’t come to me easy last night.
Falling asleep was difficult, as I couldn’t shut off my brain. I remember thinking of everything from Christmas gifts to my best friend’s daughter to the new job I’m starting this week. I must have drifted off somewhere, because I woke up at 4:55 to the sound of a train.
Trains in the distance and their whistles are a common sound around here, but this one sounded much louder. I could tell the wind was carrying the sound from the north. If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn I was back in my childhood bedroom where these same train tracks, and the trains that traveled on them, were just a block away.
Trying all I could do to fall back asleep, I gave up. And here I am.
With my cup of coffee, sharing here, eyes tired.
Oh, and another train.
Turning to my Jesus Calling devotional this morning, I was prompted to take the focus off of me, my lack of sleep, the sounds of trains, and to maybe understand why sleep was not my friend last night.
“I desire to talk with all of My children, but many are too busy to listen.”
“I also am blessed when you make Me first in your life.”
I was too busy to listen yesterday. I left the house in a rush, instead of spending time with God, praying and reading His Word. I talked to Him as I was on the go, but I really never took time to listen.
God, I’m listening.
Isn’t it interesting this scripture was referenced in this morning’s reading…
The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. Isaiah 50:4
Maybe someone needs to read these words, too, this morning. Maybe that someone is you. If this is the case, I encourage you to take a few minutes and spend time with the One Who loves you, Who desires your attention, Who longs to spend time with you.
He wants us to not only talk to Him, but to listen as well.
I’m lifting each of us in prayer this morning, and if you’re like me, and sleep didn’t come to you easily last night, may you be encouraged and strengthened with the thought that maybe God just wanted to spend time with you.
What a blessed thought!
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