By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Have you ever noticed that, when you are going through a major trial or a stressful time in your life that it always seems to get worse in the middle of the night? I can’t tell you the number of times over the years I find myself waking up in the middle of the night and my mind starts flitting from one thought to another. There’s never a shortage of issues and concerns! And, of course, the thoughts are rarely about the positive things in your life. It’s usually about the darkest and gloomiest things that you remember as you lay there trembling, fretting, and worrying! This is the time that we need god’s tangible presence to comfort our fears.
“Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.” Psalms 30:5
During those long unsettled hours during the middle of the night when you lay there and all the sad and fearful things start creeping into your thoughts, remember, this is the times when God promises in Hebrews 13:5 “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Try turning on a quiet sermon or some peaceful praise and worshipful music that will take the focus of your mind off your fears and put it on to God. Write your thoughts down on paper; sometimes this helps you to face each fear, one at a time. Open your bible and read and study the encouraging word. God uses all of these things to brighten your heart, relax your mind, and light up the darkness. “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Psalms 18:28 This is one of those uplifting Bible verses that is like a big HUG. God is a healer of every issue that we have. He relieves us from fear and worry and he doesn’t judge or cast blames, He understands and comforts us.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Remember this…The storm always settles into quiet, the darkest dusk always leads to dawn, The long and bleak winter always melts to springtime, and the tide always turns. Hold on.
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7