I read something last year (doesn’t that sound like a long time ago now? It was only a couple of months since I read it) that said to give thanks for 5 things before you get out of bed. This is a good way to develop a thankful lifestyle. I’d like to do that, I managed once or twice but there’s something about the alarm going off, even after a ten-minute grace snooze, that makes me throw back the duvet and spring up to sit on the edge of the bed. I wonder if it counts once your feet are on the ground?
Anyway, Psalm 3 has a wonderful line along that same theme:
I lie down at night and fall asleep.
I awake in the morning—healthy, strong, vibrant—because the Eternal supports me.
I suppose I have considered that before because if I wake in the night and can’t sleep I am aware of God and I talk and try to listen but this verse sums it up. My day is bounded by sleep, whichever way I look at it the day starts and ends with sleep.
We have all sorts of sleep talk these days: what type of sleep did you have? Did you dream? Was it in colour? Did you achieve the deep sleep that really rests you? Etc. The psalmist looks more simply: I lay down, I slept, I woke up all because God supports me. All because He holds my life in His hands and He doesn’t have butterfingers. All because He has told me that He never slumbers nor sleeps so I can have a good night’s rest because He’s got it in hand.
If he has my nights and never sleeps then He also has my days. That’s good to know don’t you think?