It's crazy, but just about the time that my creative writing juices start flowing I look at the clock and it is time for me to go to bed. I should go to bed. I should get some sleep so I am ready to face tomorrow's challenges. Jesus said that each day has enough trouble of its own and I need to (or should I say I "get" to) get up and face those challenges in about six hours. But I can't go to sleep just yet. As the night moves closer to the morning and I reflect on the last few minutes of the day and gaze toward tomorrow, I find that I am thinking about you.
As I am going to bed here in South Korea you are just getting up to a new day in the States. As I am pushing through the lethargy of my mid-afternoon workday, you are just entering into a much needed night of sleep. When I am up, you're in bed; when I am asleep, you're living out your day. I am living in your tomorrow and you are living in my yesterday and...it seems like we are living a world apart from each other but really it is only a half a world apart.
I am thinking about you-in fact, I am praying for you. The miles, the time zones, and the calendar pages recede to nothing as I hold you in my heart. As some of you know, all too well, each day does have "enough trouble of its own." I want you to know that I am sorry, I care, and that I am lifting you to Jesus in prayer. As you start out the morning, know that I am offering up evening prayers for you. When I begin to battle mid-afternoon drowsiness it will serve to remind me to pray for you as you enter into an evening of rest.
I am thinking about you and so is God. In fact, God has never stopped thinking about you and me. In Psalm 121 it says,
"My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel (you) never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you!" (NLT)
Wow. The miles, the calendar pages, the time zones and date lines mean nothing to God. He never sleeps-He stays awake watching over you and me. He knows about the troubles of the day and He is there with us, watching over us.
Rest assured knowing that He never rests.