There is no doubt in my mind that most can relate. You go to lay your head down to sleep and then your mind goes wild. You do your best to count sheep, but all you can do is ponder stress. Flooding through your head is what you didn’t do, what others might think, and all that could happen next. I think there is a lot of truth to “An idle mind is a devil’s work shop.” You must know the freaks come out at night. Here are some truths to counter the lies and settle your spirit.
First of all, only what God thinks really matters. People waste way too much time wondering how they are viewed by others. At the end of the day, God will issue your report card. If you know in your heart you’ve done your best, you can rest in peace. When you know your motives are pure and efforts were great you can rest in knowing God sees what may appear unnoticed. I learned a long time ago that pleasing everyone is not possible. Instead, all I can do is my best and trust God with the rest.
Secondly, often times the ghosts are just in your head. Your own lack of self -confidence leads you to rip your own self apart. Your desire to be in control makes you unsettled because you know you’re not. Your unhealthy perspective of others and yourself makes you jump to ridiculous conclusions. Instead of counting sheep you keep chasing rabbits. What if this, what if that, and why this and why that. The reason it’s so important to meditate on God’s word day and night is so you can chase out the lies with the truth. Knowing who you are and whose you are in Christ can keep you from being overwhelmed by an identity crisis.
Finally, the freaks come at night when we choose to ponder the negative over the praiseworthy. What we watch on television (such as CNN), what music we listen to, and what conversation we’re exposed to can easily rattle our spirits. We can shift from feeling everything is wonderful to everything is awful in just minutes. You must guard your heart and mind from things that will only provoke freakish thoughts.
This post comes from a man who has many times been up late pondering. Pondering is a good thing when we seek to allow God to examine our hearts. However, restlessness associated with constant worry and negative thought processing is never God’s will for your life. Be still and know God is God. Know that God is in control. Know God will meet all your needs. Know that you will never be perfect this side of Heaven, but God still loves and forgives you. Know that no matter how long you live the freaks will come out at night. Have no fear because God is here!
Jesus says, “Come unto me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”