Little Soul Vittles: Counting Sheep

“for he grants sleep to those he loves.” Psalm 127:2

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” Proverbs 3:24

I have had many a sleepless night so I found this to be encouraging. To my friends struggling to find rest or even just one good night of sleep, I offer this little soul vittle.

Those who suffer from insomnia should keep the 23rd Psalm on the tip of their tongue. They have learned the futility of counting sheep. It is a maddening business. To begin with, you have no idea how many sheep there are to be counted. Then, as you proceed, your mind wanders and you lose count. There is nothing for it but to start afresh. And, in your vexation, you dispel any disposition to slumber that you ever had. But visualize these Green Pastures. On a graceful knoll or hillock sits the Shepherd – the Good Shepherd – the Shepherd who gives His life for the sheep. And you – you are the Sheep lying prostrate at His feet.You need say nothing; sheep don’t talk. You just nibble the blades of soft, fresh grass, rest your eyes on the spreading expanse of green, listen half-consciously to the distant drone of the stream; luxuriate in the security of the Shepherd’s strong and constant care; and – fall asleep.

FW Boreham from In Pastures Green

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