Through the Dark of Night

I’m so so thankful school has started back! Even though I’m totally aware that it could end again at any moment, for now it is great to have a little normalcy in a daily routine. My kids even appreciate school more! Hopefully their enthusiasm will last for a while…fingers crossed.

The impact of all the negative events happening right now definitely affects everyone differently. Some are super anxious and fearful. Some are depressed. Some are angry and upset. Some are just ready to get “back to normal”….whatever that means.

For me personally, this has been a super tough season having all three kids at home full time with few activities. I’m very thankful for help we had with the kids from friends and family.  We did have access to a pool all summer which was a huge blessing! Anyway…it was still a pretty difficult season and the way my body handled it all was with insomnia.

If you’ve never had insomnia, especially recurring insomnia, be thankful! It is like being physically and mentally exhausted and tired yet never being able to switch your brain off. Yeah…not fun! Anyway, my insomnia has definitely worsened during the last few months (but I’m making it and getting at least some sleep.)

Anyway, a few weeks back I had a really rough night and only got about two hours of sleep. Earlier that day, a song I’d never heard before came on Pandora. I listen to music- mostly praise and worship- a lot. I made sure to remember the name of the song when I heard it. It was a 7-8 year old song called Song of Solomon (Martin Smith/Jesus Culture). I’d never heard it before even though I listen to music often. The words caught my attention big time!

Oh, through the valleys, through the dark of night. Here You come running, to hold me till it’s light.

I really believe God sent me that song that day because he knew I would be awake most of that night. That night I listened to the song over and over when I couldn’t sleep. It was such a comfort to listen and know that the God of the universe cares about every detail of our lives.

More than hearing Him speak or having a sign that He’s there is just knowing and believing that He loves us. We love Him because He first loved us. Really and truly if the world understood the magnitude of that love, no one would ever want to hurt Him by contributing to any evil that is going on in the world today.

He is there in the tiniest details. He’ll send you a song to bring you comfort and remind you that He’s there and will never leave. All we have to do is look for Him. He’s there even in the middle of the crazy events of the world right now. Just ask Him to reveal Himself to you and He will. He’ll speak to you. Maybe not in a loud booming voice, but through a song, a Bible verse, an encouraging word from a friend, a beautiful sunset, or simply by giving you peace in your heart.

Be still and know. Listen for the Holy Spirit’s still, small voice. He’s there.

Your friend,

Tiffany

P.S. Here are the lyrics and link to the Song of Solomon. Enjoy!

Over the mountains, over the sea

Here You come running, my Lover to me

When I feel the cold of winter

In this cloak of sadness, I need You

Oh the evil things that shake me

All the words that break me I need You

Over the mountains, over the sea

Here You come running, my Lover to me

Do not hide me from Your presence

Pull me from these shadows, I need You

Beauty wrap Your arms around me

Sing Your song of courage, I need You

Over the mountains, over the sea

Here You come running, my Lover to me

Oh, through the valleys, through the dark of night

Here You come running, to hold me till it’s light

I’ll come running, I’ll come running, I’ll come running back to You

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