As I laid my head to rest last night, anxiety crept in like a thief, waiting until I was just drowsy enough to lack the alertness to pull out my weapons and fire away. During the day when I’m on my game, I can see the threat to my peace and confidence coming from a safe distance. Awake and alert, I can battle it back before it ever reaches my gates. I can launch those scripture bombs over my walls by praying Psalm 91, Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 12:2-3, 1 Corinthians 4-9, and hundreds more!
But some nights in seeking sleep and rest, on the verge of cloudlike bliss, snuggled warm in bed, my mind begins to race. Bullet lists of “to-do’s” and images of everything that could go wrong with my work, kids, loved ones, or friends flash by at warp speed. Sometimes the thoughts are moving so fast! It’s like the people on the Amtrak viewed at the crossing, you know they are onboard, but you can’t count them.
In the state of my body grasping for slumber, yet my mind busy with nothing that resembles Philippians 4:8, I entertained the anxiety. Then my body eventually decided to join the “party”. You know what I mean, if you’ve ever experienced it, a racing heart, palpitations, headache, nervous twitches, tense jaw, etc. at least my body woke my mind up and I was able to saddle up, put on my armour, yield the glorious name of Jesus and pray away the lies and welcome finally, the sleep.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
This morning, this sunrise is what I woke up to. I am reminded that with the promise of the dawn, each and every blessed day, comes the promise that God is is the midst, he is within my dwelling, and I will not be moved by distractions of fear and anxiety from the enemy. With the Peace of God I will travel down this road.
To the one that is the Peacemaker of my heart, I am forever thankful for the dawn.
May His unyielding mercy, peace and love be your banner today.
Be A Blessing! XOXOXO