It was 2:30 am and I had done more tossing and turning in my bed than a two year-old in a church service. My heart was anxious.
Plans had been changed, circumstances were upside down causing my heart to fret instead of rest and sleep.
I finally decided the best action would be to rise and head to my Quiet Place. Odd how different this place looks in the darkest time of the night. I turned on the lamp beside my chair and reached for my Bible. How comforting to just hold this book in my hands. I turned its crinkled pages to my daily Bible reading for the day and found that I was on a familiar and loved chapter – Jeremiah 29. It was God’s voice speaking to me like a parent rocking their child in the middle of a thunderstorm.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Finding my pen and my journal, I wrote,
“I know the thoughts that I think toward you. (God thinks on me!)
Thoughts of peace (calming my turmoil)
and not of evil (He is a good God who can only do good);
to give you an expected end (a future and a hope). In this I can rest.”
I closed my journal and my Bible and talked to the Lord, thanking Him for this promise. I gave Him the situation that had me anxious. Then I snapped off the lamp and fumbled my way down the darkened hallway back to the comfort of my bed. The time or two that I awoke, I rehearsed in my mind what I had just read…
“God is thinking about me. He has a good plan that will not harm me,”
and I slept.
If you have a decision to make, rehearse this promise in your thoughts rather than letting it make you worried and fretful. The Lord will be up through the night thinking about you so you can rest.