Middle-Of-The-Night Resolution

It’s 2:30 AM and I am awake. I may have been dreaming, but I don’t remember. There was no loud noise, no “thumping in the night”. For no reason that I am aware of, I am suddenly – or gradually awake. Has that ever happened to you? Perhaps it happens on a regular basis.

It used to be that when this would happen I would turn to my phone with headphones plugged in and tune in to the BBC on Vermont Public Radio. I would listen to the news, the British accented talk shows. Eventually I would fall asleep. And then I would awaken an hour or two later with the ear buds still in my ear and the sound of someone talking. Doing this every night had the contradictory effect of putting me to sleep and waking me up.

So, for the new year I made a resolution: No listening to the radio once I got into bed. And no tuning in when I awakened in the middle of the night. It is amazing how a simple problem can seem so gigantic at 2:30 AM. But I try to think of that time in terms of having absolutely nothing to do. No one is calling me; I have no meetings scheduled at that hour. I’m not hungry. Can I simply do nothing? Can I be peaceful? I am reminded of the words of the Psalmist: “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8.

If you happen to wake up tomorrow morning at 2:30 AM, remember this: God is with us – in our waking and in our sleeping. And you can say a prayer for me … because I am probably awake.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.