Insomnia and Restlessness – Lectio Divina

Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool.   Ecclesiastes 5:3 NLT

Too much activity gives you restless dreams.

Lord I can’t sleep.  
Or rather I go to sleep, then wake up.
My mind races with items left undone.
My heart echoes with voices that demand, “Do, do, do!”
My nerves fidget and frazzle, taut between yesterday and tomorrow.
I focus more on the night’s shadows than Your light’s guidance.
Too much activity results in restless dreams.

I fill my time with jagged emptiness instead of creating space for You.
When I do pause and turn my heart to You,
Once again You gently tell me to rest, rest in You.
Your soothing whisper quiets the noise in my soul
Your arms enfold me and I snuggle into peaceful slumber.
And at last sleep.
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  • janicejohnson

    I feel more rested just reading this post; thanks for sharing. I will definitely copy it for my husband; he has a hard time slowing down too.

  • Johnnie

    Ecclesiastes is my favorite Old Testament book. And you’ve expressed this verse so prayerfully. Appreciate your openness.

  • Colleen

    Oh boy, did I need this! Thank you!

  • Kelli

    What a great reminder to slow down and focus on what is really important.

  • Graceful

    Oy, those verses describe me perfectly these last few days. I’ve had terribly restless sleep, my brain roiling with words and images all night. And frankly, too many words have made me a fool on more occasions than I can count…I need to remember that next time I interrupt someone or go on and on in a staff meeting!

    Thanks for linking up Jean — I love how you nail it home with simplicity — perfect for my overburdened brain!

  • Jen

    After a day of rest (finally), I can so appreciate His power to let all those other things that vie for my attention to just fall away for the moment.

  • Karen

    Oh, great post Jeanie! I try to tell the Lord, I’m so tired of worrying and thinking that I’m going to sleep so You please do that for me. (sometimes I believe myself and go on to sleep.) :)