Thursday, December 8, 2011

On Insomnia, Anxiety and GIving God the Night Shift

Oh I was sleep deprived for over a year, the ramifications were frightening. In short I developed an anxiety disorder. It was not pretty, it was frightening, and I was frightened by everything, including my own shadow.

I needed meds to help me get back to normal. During my recovery at one point I wake in a panic over something that under normal circumstances was something about I should have been concerned, just not at 2 in the am. I remember praying, very tiredly, and in frustration

Dear God, I know that this concern is important, but I need to get some sleep,  so I offer it to you wrapped in a red bow. Could you please take the night shift and worry about this for tonight, and then you can give it back to me in the morning.

I fell straight back asleep. Funny thing, he never gave that worry back.

1 comment:

Left-footer said...

An old Jesuit (but a good one) said that when he went to bed with a big problem, he would pray, "I'm very tired, Lord, and must sleep. This is Your problem now."

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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