Sleep used to be referred to as “beauty rest,” and indeed it is. Sleep, more than perhaps any one thing, gives health to body, mind, and soul.
Being a former and now occasional insomniac, I wanted to share my favorite remedy for a racing mind and tense body, meditating on scripture.
Meditation on God’s Truth
I guess that we all know how the electronic age has affected our lack of reflection and “think time.” But at least, with all the day’s distractions, when we crawl into our beds (leaving the phone in the kitchen on “do not disturb”!), and we can view those quiet hours in the calm of our bedroom as time to finally think. We likely will meditate during that time, but often we meditate on our problems! For an insomniac, going to bed can be an “oh no” experience to dread. But I have learned from a fellow insomniac from many centuries ago, King David, to “anticipate” that time to be alone and quiet with God.
He said, “My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on your word.” (Psalm 119:148) and “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings, I sing for joy.” (Psalm 63:6-7)
It’s necessary to memorize scripture in order to really meditate on God’s truth. But I have found that some of my best meditation times were ruminating on simple verses like John 3:16, and so we certainly don’t have to have a extremely broad knowledge of scripture in order to meditate on it!
I should also share that for a time, it seemed to do me no good at all to try to focus on scripture. The worries and pressures just wouldn’t be squelched. But with time, I guess I got the hang of it, and like David, I look forward to it, and the Word of God tells my anxious thoughts to get lost when they enter my mind. It’s a skill worth learning, to focus intently on God’s truth in the quiet of the night.
Inner sparkle? Quiet, reflective, hopeful thoughts add to it like nothing else!