For several weeks my heart had been heavy. Worry and stress had pressed in on me and clouded my normally rose-colored perspective on life. I could busy my mind with daily tasks and routines during the day, but as I lay down at night, my mind would drift into unhealthy territory. After a few nights of restless sleep, I decided enough was enough. I was tired of discouragement and worry infiltrating my thoughts and stealing my rest from me; tired of the enemy’s whispers in the still of the night. I realized not only was I starting to give in to those whispers, but that I was beginning to dwell there. In that moment of clarity, I knew I needed to turn my thoughts away from those whispers and seek a safer place to dwell.

Psalm 121 says, “Shall I look to the mountains for help? No! My help is from Jehovah who made the mountains! And the heavens too! He will never let me stumble, slip, or fall. For he is always watching, never sleeping. Jehovah himself is caring for you! He is your defender. He protects you day and night. He keeps you from all evil and preserves your life. He keeps his eye upon you as you come and go and always guards you.”

Isn’t it amazing to know that even as we sleep, God is still on watch over us?

Think about it—when our minds and bodies cry out for rest and we drift off to sleep each night, the Creator of the Universe is standing guard over us. He is pouring healing, peace, restoration, renewal and strength into our spirit and filling us up so that we are able to meet each new day with victory and joy. Its mind boggling really, that the One who created the tallest mountain and the smallest insect cares enough about us to never let His eye wander from us, not even for a minute.

That is where I want to dwell. I want to abide in the safety of His gaze knowing that He is my defender and my guardian. It is there that I will find true rest, and the whispers I hear are His words of love, encouragement, and peace. So, when the worries of the day seem to overwhelm you and rest is difficult to find, allow your mind to dwell on the truth that His eyes are always upon you, and His arms of protection and love will always surround you.

You are never alone.

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8

 

 

Dana Stone is a wife of 32 years, Mom to four and Grandma to two. She released her first book, No Longer an Orphan in 2015. You can read more of Dana’s blogs on her blog site sochoosejoy.wordpress.com.