How to Fall Sleep Anywhere, or Not – Psalm 4:8

Don’t expect me to fall sleep in public. Before our trip to Zambia I stayed up all night mending clothes and packing, convinced I would have no trouble sleeping on the twelve-hour flight across the Atlantic. But, you guessed it, sleep never came.

On another trip I had the same problem. After flying into Delhi on a Saturday evening and leading worship with my team, we rushed to board the night train for the 250 mile trip to Lucknow. Our plan was to sleep in our clothes (it was a public conveyance, after all), get up and lead worship for the Sunday service the following morning.

Again sleep eluded me. My narrow berth separated me from the aisle by only a thin curtain, and a couple of times I was startled by someone brushing by on their way to the toilet. I resolved that since God brought me on this trip, he would somehow supply my needs as I did his work – with or without sleep.

As I lay in my little space I prayed, admitting I was also concerned about how my hair might look in the morning. I thought about using a little water and a comb, but that would mean me sitting upright while it dried. No, sleep would be better for my appearance and my attitude, I reasoned. You can read about God’s answer to my concerns that night in a previous post.

I peered through my window, still amazed I was actually in India. In the passing shadows I could see tiny dwellings, cooking fires smoldering, and the outline of buildings. Nothing looked familiar.

Then I spotted the moon, looking exactly like it did from my front porch in Oregon. From the moving train the moon was an anchor point, a brilliant thing to remind me God hadn’t changed and that he was with me even on the opposite side of the world.

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

After talking to God about my trivial concerns, my worries for my safety and my appearance melted away. I laid down and slept peacefully.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

When Trouble Comes – Psalm 9

I’ve never known how it feels to be one of our foster children, heartbroken because of separation from their birth families and living with people who don’t feel their brokenness the way they do. But right now, in the struggles I’m dealing with today, I need a place of refuge. I need a safe place to hide. I need to be held by someone who understands me. And I know where to go.

“The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:7-10 NIV).

The points are simple:
1. The Lord reigns. He’s the boss.
2. The Lord is the judge and he governs with justice. He makes things right.
3. The Lord is my refuge when I’m oppressed. He’s my protective Father.
4. The Lord is my stronghold in trouble. His is power beyond measure.
5. The Lord has never forsaken someone who is seeking him.

My response is “Lord, I trust you. I know your Name, and I trust you.”

by Kathy Sheldon Davis