Psalm 23 1-6
I have had a lot of trouble with mastering the art of falling asleep throughout the years. Recently, it hasn’t just been due to the snores of my husband, but because I have so much trouble shutting my crazy mind down at night.
As I work the ‘night shift,’ my day doesn’t end until 10 or 11 p.m., leaving the activities and interviews of my day swirling through my mind until my head hits the pillow.
I used to take over-the-counter sleep medications, and even took prescribed medication at one point.
Still, despite falling asleep due to these manufactured medicines, I felt my problem was only being masked by a band-aid, and a rather toxic one.
About a year ago, I decided I wanted to find answers that weren’t in the bottom of a pill bottle.
I had started attending church with my then-fiance, (now husband), and for the first time, felt my life was going down the right track.
I attended my last doctors appointment and informed my physician I wanted to stop taking the medication.
In reality, I had found my own ‘medicine’ which works every time I have trouble snoozing.
Some people count sheep, some people might stress over tasks they have to accomplish the next day, but instead of wasting mental energy on things like this---pray!
If/when I can’t sleep, I find that if I count each thing I am thankful for, and I mean each and everyone, I will go to sleep.
Yes, of course I pray for my family and loved ones, but I’m talking about thanking God for the gas in my car, the shoes on my feet, the steady breath of our dog sleeping on the floor next to us. I’ll thank God for our running water and the food in our cabinets. I guarantee--you won’t run out of things, and then eventually, the morning will come again, and you can thank God for that, too!
What if you woke up one day, and you only had the things you had thanked God for the day before?
If that doesn’t work, I’ll recite my favorite scripture in the Bible, Psalm 23, 1-6. Yes, it is popular, and might be a more somber Psalm for some. Though for me, it is the verse which opened my eyes, as Mr. Hank Williams Sr. might say, it helped me see the light--it sums up Faith in it’s entirety to me. The first religious book I read (completely through..still working on the Bible) was called simply, “The Lord is my Shepard,” by Robert J Morgan.
“When the Lord is our Shepherd, that is enough. He is enough. Enough to meet our needs, calm our nerves, clear our vision, restore our souls, ensure our future and bless our day,” said Morgan.
I recommend the book highly to anyone. Each chapter of the book breaks down the Psalm line by line, and sometimes word by word.
“The Lord didn’t assemble His Word haphazardly. Though written over a period of nearly one thousand five hundred years by more than forty authors on three continents and in three languages, the Bible is the most brilliantly compiled book in the world. Every part fits the next like an interlocking puzzle,” according to Morgan.
After completing the book, Psalm 23 is the very first verse I have memorized by heart. Reciting it in my head, focusing on each word, I am able to fall asleep every time.
Morgan said, “In a hundred words (only fifty-five in the original Hebrew), Psalm 23 sums up all our needs in life and all the abundance of God’s grace. It begins with “The Lord,” and it ends with “forever.” What could be better than that?”
Kelly is a Staff Writer for the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487, or she can also be reached via email at kslavenGCDW@outlook.com.