Dear friend who's distressed,
If you are carrying a burden too great for you to bear, and you can't seem to find relief through any of the normal means–like prayer, worship, or the study of God's Word …
It's time to let the Holy Spirit give you peace in sleep.
Yes, you read that right. Sleep. It's time to go to sleep.
Sometimes when I am very upset and none of the normal things seem to bring me peace, I simply lie down in my study/office/altar. I cry out to the Lord and ask Him to bring me peace.
And He puts me to sleep.
It's the funniest thing. There's no sleep like this sleep. My normal sleep at night can't compare to the restfulness of this sleep. This is a Holy-Spirit-led, Holy-Spirit-tranquilized sleep.
And every time, when I wake up, I feel supernaturally rested in my body; but, more importantly, I feel rested in my soul. I wake up in peace. My thoughts are calm and at peace. My attitude is positive when it wasn't before. I am in perfect peace.
It's a God-thing. He truly gives me perfect peace in sleep. Only He could do it, but He does it a lot. He even did it for me this morning when I was crying to Him for help. And when I woke up, He had healed my heart completely. 🙂
So what are you facing?
I'm reminded of the Scripture in Psalm 131:2:
“Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
Precious one, sometimes life throws things at you that you cannot handle. Your shoulders are simply not wide enough to carry everything that comes your way.
When you're dealing with something that you can't handle, snuggle up to Father God–even if you're in great distress–and ask Him to bring you into peace.
Then allow yourself to go to sleep.
“It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep” (Psalm 127:2).
Go to sleep, little one. Let yourself be a little girl or little boy with a great big Papa. Ask Him to give you peace, and He will.
Have you ever experienced this phenomena of Holy-Spirit-inspired sleep? Or even if not, was this word for you today? Please leave a comment below! I'd love to hear from you. 🙂