Tossing and turning, she thrashed around all night on a hot, tear-stained pillow. The sheets thrown back to relieve the heat. The clock on the nightstand lured her to check it every 15 minutes. As the sleepless night worn on, she noticed the first glint of dawn peeking around the edge of the drawn window shade next to her bed.
What was wrong? Her heart burned with the heat of agony from life’s fiery darts.
Where is God, she wondered. The one who gives songs in the night? Where is the Creator, the One who makes all things new?
She sat up in bed and reached for her Bible. As she placed it in her lap, it fell open to
Isaiah 43:19, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Is. 43:19 NLT)
With tears streaming down her cheeks, she poured out her heart to the Lord, thanking Him for His working and timing in her life.
He whispered to her heart, “Lay your head down again on your pillow. Feel the comfort of My grace, as My pillow of rest. I am your song in the night. I am your hymn of hope. Rest in My peace, trust in My love. My mercy to you is never-ending.”
She laid her head on her pillow, reflecting on Jesus as He slept in the boat on a pillow as a storm raged around it. His pillow of peace, now hers.
At the end of the day, when your head hits that pillow and you look back over your day, do you find that you wasted it or made it worthwhile? Will you have to live with any consequences to your choices? As the old saying goes, “As you make your bed, so must you lie in it.”
This reminds me of the old comedy series Happy Days in which Fonzi once said, as his own twist on that saying, “You make your bed bad, you get wrinkles!” He was right! If you make your life’s bed bad by making the wrong decisions, you get wrinkles in your life!
So, what makes up your day-bed life? Lush sheets of stinginess, a comfortable mattress of misbehavior, a puffy pillow of pride, and all covered over with a blanket of bitterness? Or is it made up with kindness, good deeds, comforting and encouraging words, and saying “no” to things you know will bring negative results in your life or in another’s life?
Do you have dark nights when you toss on a tear-stained pillow? Or do you rest on a pillow of peace?
When in a night of mourning or a broken heart, a night of discouragement or failure, a night of anger or depression, and the only song you can sing is “Tears on My Pillow,” the Lord will be your song in the night. He will give you His melodies of hope and lullabies of comfort.
He will console you; He will strengthen you; He will renew you; He will sustain you; He will lighten your burden.