What Keeps You Up at Night?

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him” Colossians 3:16.

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3 am is my time – but not by choice.

Our sweet old dog of 15 years needs to go out in the middle of the night so that job falls to me. And most nights my head cannot shut back down to fall asleep again. It’s in these late hours when the darkness will not calm itself. The current troubles of my life become magnified- getting stuck in a loop. I’ve found that getting up is my only recourse, and though it has led to some long tired days, it has also led to some amazing time with God. 

How easy it is to let the trouble swirl and roll and loop. To focus on the worries here and forget Who holds it all. Colossians 3:17 says, “And he is before all things and in him all things hold together.” Think about that. Truly. If we go beyond ourselves to see outside of our micro self-centered focus: Who holds it all? Jesus. He is the sovereign, loving, powerful, creator, redeemer and Lord of all things. All. Things. The troubles that fill our heads, the worries that plague our hearts, the circumstances that we fear – Jesus knows them, he knows us, and we are not left out of his hand.

The tapestry God is weaving is so much bigger than our worries, we are but one thread in his magnificent design. He holds us together when we keep our hearts and minds in him. We are reminded to rest in His hand, we are not alone, and all things are for a greater purpose than we can see right now. 

The pillow softens as I reminisce on these truths, the worries fade, the peace of sleep comes slowly but surely. As my faithful furry friend settles back down I just might yet get a few more hours of sleep before the day begins. Maybe. 

Jesus – Thank you for the reminder that you hold it all. That your purpose and plan are so much bigger and better than any worry I carry and that your love for us is unending. You have always been and always will be. To you be the glory. Amen.

Lifestyle, HealthSarah Witmer