Have you ever been outside on a clear night and looked up at the stars? We live in a rural area near the woods, and I don’t get outside in the evening nearly enough. But when I do I am always struck by the vastness and richness. Also, it seems like the stars go on and on. I look up and see Orion’s belt, the North Star, the Big Dipper and sometimes the Pleiades cluster. It’s a beautiful sight and awe-inspiring.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.
At Night when Sleep Eludes
Often, when bedtime comes I am tired and can hardly hold my eyes open. Then, when I crawl into bed, my mind begins to race thinking of so many things. Does that happen to you? I try to come up with solutions to problems or maybe I get an idea for a poem.
The night can be beautiful, and it gives a respite from the bright, hot sun of the day. But sometimes the darkness holds fears, and we might wish for the dawn to come sooner. During those times we can call out to God and pour out our hearts to Him.
Night Prayers of Intercession
Once in awhile during the night I wake up for seemingly no reason and sleep eludes me. I lie there with eyes wide open, wondering why I can’t sleep. Then, God brings someone to mind, and I begin to pray for them. Sometimes I’m reminded of multiple people and I pray for each one. Afterwards I usually have no trouble getting back to sleep.
I remember one such time, years ago when a dear friend was in the hospital having complications from giving birth. Most of that night I was awake off and on, literally wrestling in prayer for her. Finally, I got to sleep, and the next morning found out the danger had passed and she would be fine.
Psalm 92:1-3 (CSB)
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, Most High, to declare your faithful love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, with a ten-stringed harp and the music of a lyre.
This song by Rich Mullins inspired some of what I wrote tonight. He reminds us that God does lead us step by step. He is always with us, even in the darkest of times. We may falter, but as Rich shares in the song, we are never beyond the reach of God.
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This is Day 8 of #write28days where the prompt word is night.
I’m linking up with: #Grace&Truth
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