Insomnia happens to all of us, some more than others. We all know the experience of not being able to get to sleep at night. Then, there are those persons who actually choose to arise in the middle of the night just to pray. Yes, there are monks who do this, but there are common people who do, as well. I think about such persons when I read a verse like this: “Even in the night I think about you, LORD, and I obey your Law.”
At various times in my life I have actually chosen to set my alarm for two o’clock in the morning in order to pray. I know it may sound crazy to some, but this discipline has taught me something very valuable: God is Lord over all time, and I am his servant. The exercise of me wrapping my life around set times of prayer has caused me to learn that I have spent far too much of my life making time bend to my wishes. But it is all really an illusion – that I can somehow control the clock. Time marches forward, seasons come and go, and we are but a vapor that lasts only a moment.
Whether we find ourselves awake in the night because we cannot sleep, or intentionally choose to use the night for connecting with God, the wee hours of the night afford us a unique opportunity to think about God and his Word. The next time you find yourself awake at night, don’t just turn on the TV and wait to fall asleep. Use the night-time for thinking about the Lord in ways you might not have considered during the day. In doing so, you will find a blessing in the dark.
God of all time, no matter where I am, your teachings fill me with songs. You have given me blessings in the day and in the night because you are the one I choose to obey. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.