“Cast all your anxiety on God because God cares for you.” I Peter 5:7
It’s one of those nights when you just can’t sleep. You know the kind of night I’m talking about. There’s more to be done than can be accomplished in one day. The to-do list reads more like a to-didn’t, with more remaining to be done than the few items checked off as accomplished. Relationships intervened. Someone needed attention and you were glad to give it. People trump tasks just about every time, but still. It’s time to go to bed and you just can’t quite release the day.
Someone wise once suggested to me that at the end of every day, it helps to place all the unfinished stuff on God’s desk with a prayer that God watch over it through the darkest recesses of the night. Then come morning, approach the neatly stacked in-box on your desk to see what God has returned there. It’s always a surprise at how much smaller the stack became simply by letting go of it for a time to God’s keeping.
No amount of worrying ever changed the outcome of God’s plans. It simply makes us cranky, small and afraid. Worrying reminds us that we need to trust God more and rely less on our own capacity. There are simply some things we’ll never complete. I half suspect that some of us keep a few extra things on the agenda out of the superstitious belief that if we never finish the list we’ll live forever. No life is quite that tidy. What a boring a life it would be if that were the case.
Whether you rise up or lie down as you read these words, take a moment to cast all your cares upon the Holy One who eagerly comes up underneath you in support and nurture. No circumstance of this day will be beyond the capacity of God to accomplish, the one who regularly brings to perfect completion far more than we will every know or see.
If you were too busy to read this until bedtime, turn off the computer and go to bed. Whatever you were planning to read, write or Google can wait for morning. Where I live, the church bells just chimed 10:00 p.m., I think I’ll listen to my own counsel and go to sleep. Goodnight.
Prayer: Good and gracious God, watch over all your people as they sleep. Give them safety and the shelter of sweet dreams that cannot be snatched away. Wake us refreshed to a dawning and the fresh hope of every first light. Amen
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you.