I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the LORD sustains me. Psalm 3:5
At first this verse had me chuckling because last night I did NOT lie down and sleep… tired, but to no avail, for some time anyway. Ever had a night that you just can’t seem to shut off your brain as if thought wrestling were going to burn any of those extra holiday calories! Gosh, if only!!
I had to pray out Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trusting over wrestling… hmmm well lately when thought wrestling has brought me to conclusions in which I feel I might just be beginning to see how God might be working things out… things completely do a 180! So maybe I should retire my wrestling hobby and try this thing called trusting that in Isaiah says brings not just peace but perfect peace! Worth a shot anyway!
The second part of Ps. 3:5 really grabbed my attention. I wake again because…. why?! Because the LORD sustains me! Gosh, how often have I just taken for granted that my eyes open up again in the morning?! It says in Psalm 139 that all my days are ordained for me ahead of time so of course His waking me up with a breath in my lungs one more time is done on His intentional part, and not due to any of my stellar thought wrestling abilities! This fact is reason enough to start each day of mine off in ecstatic praise! It’s nothing short of Him working a miracle in me in order to just to wake up again! And if He did He must not be finished working things out in my life.
Interestingly too that today I read in Genesis the story of Noah. God made something new jump out to me like it hasn’t before. Gen. 7:15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. Do you notice it says, “came to Noah”! In Chapter 6 God gives Noah directions to build an ark, gather two of EVERY kind of animal and gather the food. So verse 22 states Noah obeyed… he just got right to work starting with what he could. He built the ark and gathered the food… nowhere is it recorded how Noah was stressing about how in the world he was going to capture two of EVERY kind of animal and then persuade them onto the ark!!
This is why God did not make me Noah because the world would have all gone down while I sat worrying about the animal crisis, neglecting all that I could do like getting to work on hammering some wood together to build the ark and gather food… Noah however had a mind kept in perfect peace because he trusted God and sure enough our faithful Lord brought all the animals needed, TO Noah! Always above and beyond what we could think ask or imagine, that’s why we need to apply trust to keep in peace.
By His grace and mercy He sustains yours and my life every morning that we wake up and why… because He has a job for us that we may very well feel is out of our reach and beyond our capabilities or mind power to figure out but I don’t think that’s what He is asking of you or I. I think He is asking us to wake with ever increasing trust in Him, so that we will keep in perfect peace in order to do what we can and watch and wait as He so faithfully unfolds the rest in His perfect timing.
Rest in His promises, we could ride a rainbows worth of them! 😉
Independent Read: Psalm 46:10, Ephesians 3:20-21