Have you ever woke up thinking “this is not the life I want to live?”
I like that the phrase specifically asks about waking up because it always implies that big ideas come by morning. Many good ideas are morning ideas, there’s something cleansing about a night of restful thinking. That cleanse might even reveal truths you didn’t know were there.
Yes, thinking in your sleep happens. Sometimes by way of dreams and sometimes through that subconscious freedom.
My dreams are always speaking to me. I’m also always getting new ideas in the middle of the night. I can’t be the only one! Have you ever woke up at 2:46am, struck with a thought, “I need to say or do this when I see that person?” or, “this is a better idea for organizing my closet” or, “I know what I’m going to have for lunch tomorrow!”
God likes to reveal things to us when we are not distracted, even if it’s a simple lunch solution that makes our day just a teeny bit smoother.
I like to think silly things. So, I believe that most of the time we are awake, you know– eyes open wandering around earth trying to make sense of our lives, we are actually sleeping. And when we’re sleeping, at rest floating through dreamscapes, we are actually awake. Awake to new possibilities.
What does that have to do with anything, X?
Well, I ask, why are we accustomed to hearing “I just woke up one morning and realized I hate my life,” whether it be from somebody on the television or from a friend or even from ourselves?
Do you really just wake up one morning and suddenly everything about your life perspective is rotten? One day you just realize that you are not who you are or where you want to be? Sure. It sounds right. It sure sounds relatable.
That phrase also sounds exhausted! It’s played out, because cliches are cliches. Beyond that and more importantly, it sounds like somebody who hasn’t been sleeping very well. Somebody hasn’t been getting enough rest to hear the midnight warning signs. Somebody is not finding freedom in their sleep, probably because their life is so tangled up in things that just aren’t right.
The opportunity for peaceful messages has over time slipped away. Boom, you realize you’re tangled. You’ve been tangling for some time now. And you’re stuck with a huge Knot of All Knots. A Knot of all Nots. Not where God wants you, Not fulfilling your life His way, Not sure of where you went wrong or what to do next.
My friend, before you get attempt to untangle the huge Knot of Nots, you need rest! Real rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
There’s a sense of urgency about fixing things, finding your purpose and getting your life together right here right now. That’s not how it works.
We all struggle with lostness and we all wake up confused about the positions of our lives. We’re all hearing different midnight messages. We’re all missing sleep over something that discourages us. Because we’re all human.
Instead of getting into a huge sleepless fuss, wait for the plan of action to be revealed to you day by day with nights of rest in between.
When we’re well rested, including not over-rested, we don’t wake up in a state of guilty cluelessness. When you’re rested, you’re sure of things, even the weird midnight command to compliment that co-worker on Monday.
Your knots don’t care about you. But He who gives rest to the weary certainly does. Take a break. Leave your crisis in God’s hands. Wake up and smell the roses.
“In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.“