Waiting For the Sun to Rise

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I woke at 1:30 AM. Fully alert and rehashing the events from the previous day. I was angry at the insensitivity of humanity, agitated by people’s lack of integrity. I orchestrated responses, planned for the potential encounter, and wrestled with this small voice coming from deep within my soul reminding me God is in control of even this situation.

I stared at the bedside alarm clock, 2:30… 3:30… 3:45. When finally, my mind calmed enough to allow me to fall back to sleep. Waking again to the sound of our dog jumping off the bed, his ID tags acting as an alarm bell as they jingled against his collar. It was 5:20 AM and I gave up the notion of sleep.

Once on my feet, I made my way to my office. It was time to talk with God.

God and I have an understanding. He allows me to vent, wrestle, and fret, and I allow Him to sort out the details. But this morning, I didn’t want to hear rational, biblical truth. I wanted His acknowledgment that humanity is a mess and perhaps reassurance that in heaven, He won’t allow the same brokenness to prevail.

Jesus reminded me,

“I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 (The Living Bible)

Again, biblical truth was not what I wanted to hear but there it was, written in black and white across the pages of my Bible and I was forced to sit with it, mull it over and then pray.

And as I prayed, I moved beyond my emotions and laid my angst at the base of His cross, I found something interesting happening to my mind. Peace replaced worry. Confidence replaced fear. I was able to move from a place of anger to forgiveness. My anxiety disappeared.

Forgiveness came like a wave. It washed over my heart and calmed my anxiety.

Do you ever wrestle with the uncertainty life throws at you? Does your mental alarm clock wake you out of a peaceful slumber only to torment you with rehearsing the past? I’m hoping someone out there shares my early morning angst, my grappling with God’s truth.

If you are a fellow wrestler, here are three things to consider while waiting for the sun to rise.

1. God can handle your doubts, your criticism, and your cries of desperation.

During those midnight moments of restlessness, I begin to question God’s motives. If He loves me, why would He allow bad things, mean people, and hard circumstances to intersect my life? Yet in the light of morning, His truth becomes clear.

God isn’t a genie that I can summon at my beck and call. He doesn’t remove the bad in my life just because I pray. Sometimes those obstacles are the very things that help mature my character and grow my faith. Bad stuff, challenging days, and unfair circumstances are guaranteed to occur. And when you are laying wide-eyed contemplating your plan to navigate around them, or perhaps negotiate a path through them, remember God is present to help you stand and face the giants that invade your mind.

“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 (The Message)

2. God never promised fair, easy, or comfortable. But He does promise to be with you – present and available.

In the darkness, my mind can produce a pit of emotions. When I allow them to take control and direct my beliefs, I slide deeper into my mental chasm and eventually lose sight of the surface. I lose sight of God.

Have you ever found yourself walking around in a pit? The light creeps over the edges of the hole, casting shadows on the dirt walls. Mental monsters appear, guarding the entrance, keeping you buried by your feelings and endless fears. In time, the sun moves, darkness fills the space, and you’re unable to catch your breath or take a step towards the freedom God offers.

But what if you stopped and refocused on God? What if you began to see your pit for what it is – the enemy’s futile attempt to keep you buried in the lies he attempts to package as self-control and self-sufficiency?

You are not controlled by your emotions. You are not hopelessly trapped. You can filter your thoughts through God’s truth and take the first small steps towards His promised freedom.

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (The Message)

3. God always provides. However, be prepared, His solutions may not look like what you’ve planned, expected, or want for your life.

In the morning, as I’ve completed my night-long planning and am ready for God’s stamp of approval, I am often surprised to encounter a sense of discontent. It’s almost like God is gently saying, I’ve got a different plan. But, that’s not what I want to hear. I’ve worked hard to define my steps and being the Type-A that I am, I have a corresponding timeline developed to support its implementation.

Yet, God patiently redirects my work and I begin to listen to His voice. He asks me to trust Him with the details, to believe Him for the outcomes, and as He makes His plan clear, my heart shifts from anxiety to calm.

I am learning the very first step I have to take is a step of obedience. A step of surrender, agreeing with God that His ways are better and that He is wiser than I am.

“This plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours! For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than yours.”

Isaiah 55:8-9 (The Living Bible)

Tonight, I plan to curl up with my husband, the dog laying at our feet, and sleep uninterrupted until the morning arrives. But, if by some small chance God has something to share, another biblical truth to reframe my thoughts, I hope He can wait until closer to 4:00 AM.

My family appreciates it when I get my full complement of sleep. I’ve been told I’m a little cranky when I don’t get my 7.5 hours.

Be Blessed His BeLOVED,

One thought on “Waiting For the Sun to Rise

  1. Im sorry that you experienced the sleepless, dark night. As always, so beautifully written, filled with honest examination of life and God’s ability to step into it. Thank you for this literary hug, cup of Chai, and invitation to God’s better way. ❤️ Here’s to better sleep tonight.


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