I’ve shared before that it usually takes me only a few minutes—if that—to fall asleep every night. But last night I was so anxious about a situation that sleep did not come right away. After a while, I thought about how all this worrying can’t be good for my health. Then I realized that I was worrying about worrying! What a mess!!
Thank God for an idea better than counting sheep: why not “Bible myself to sleep?” I searched my memory for any long passages of Scripture. My kids memorized a big chunk of Philippians 4 last year, and fortunately I picked up some of it, too. And so I started: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice …”
I don’t know for sure how long I lasted, but I’m pretty sure that I was asleep before verse 19.
Do you find yourself lying awake with worry? Or is bedtime your one-on-One time with the Lord?
Have you ever groaned after reading a passage of Scripture? I’m not talking about the Holy Spirit groans that are mentioned in Romans 8. I’m referring to the groans some of us utter when reading about, oh, submission, for example. The first time I remember reading that a “gentle and quiet spirit” is what God considers beautiful, I asked Him, “what do you mean, ‘gentle and quiet’??” (And I am still learning. 🙂 ) I probably groaned the time I realized that the answer to my sinus headaches might not be immediate healing, but trusting in His sufficient grace. (Though I’m very grateful that He did heal me!) But even though God sets high standards for His children, He also lovingly and graciously provides what we need to obey Him. (And, He mercifully forgives and restores us every single time we fall short and repent.)
So maybe I should leave more of the groaning to the Holy Spirit. 🙂
This week, one of my children had questions about heaven and what exactly happens to our bodies after we die. So we looked up “heaven” in the concordance and eventually ended up in 1 Corinthians 15. In verses 35-38, Paul compares a seed to our earthly flesh, and the fruit of the seed to our resurrected bodies … at least I think that is what he’s saying. 😀 Anyway, the seed reference prompted us to search for a time-lapsed video of a seed germinating. And we were awed by the new life bursting out of the tiny seed, the shell of which eventually fell to the ground and shriveled up.
At the end our time together we had as many questions as answers. What will this actually be like? And by the way, what happened to the people who died before Jesus came to earth? (Tomorrow we will be looking up “forbearance.”) But I’m still struck by the image of seed’s transformation. From dormant to thriving. From lying in the dirt to reaching for the sky. Just like what He’s done for us.
Does God’s word ever make you just say, “Wow”?
Don’t you love finding “new” verses in the Bible??