I'll be off work this week. And although I'm posting this late in the morning, I'm actually writing in the middle of the night with pen and paper. Do you remember pen and paper, those archaic tools we used in the past to write our thoughts with, or send well wishes across the miles in letters? Oh, the good old days!
As I mentioned, it's the middle of the night. When it comes to sleep, I often describe her this way, always a visitor, never a friend - meaning that sometimes she comes and stays for a few moments, but never stays long enough for me to really get to know her well. On the other hand, her enemy, Insomnia, and I know each other quite well. I don't know how I got tangled up in this unwanted relationship, but I have. I seem to be able to shake her for awhile, but she always finds her way back.
I've learned that in the quiet moments of the dark, it is much better if I don't wrestle with her, but rather use her to my advantage. So today, as I continue counting all the blessings in my life, I share the good things that I find in the middle of the night when Insomnia comes to visit.
916. the sound of my husband breathing as he is safely tucked in next to me
917. my puppy making those dream noises as he lies in his bed on the floor
918. night birds that are awake and singing in the night
919. my cell-phone light that guides me out of the bedroom and into the dark hallway
920. the oven light that provides enough light in the rest of the house to keep me from stumbling
921. a full refrigerator to stare into
922. cold milk in the middle of the night. Sleep is beckoned to come when she sees I've swallowed a glass full. Sometimes she come, sometimes she doesn't.
923. a God who never sleeps
924. talking to my Father in the middle of the night about whatever slips into my mind
925. praying for hurting friends, sick parents, loved ones facing new adventures
926. an empty street outside my door lit only be the street lights
927. praying for the different house numbers and the residents who sleep behind them
928. time to read
929. time to write
920. and finally, time for sleep to arrive