My husband is not the type of person who regularly wakes up in the middle of the night with his mind racing about the next day's work or upcoming events the following week.
Last night was an exception. I didn't think he had any work committments away from the office today, but he wasn't convinced. He had a vague idea brewing in his mind that he had seen something on his office calendar but he couldn't think of what it could be. He drifted into a peaceful sleep, knowing the alarm was not set and assuming he would wake up in sufficient time to get to whatever ministry he was in charge of today...that one he couldn't pin down in his mind before he went to sleep, deliberately not setting the alarm for a change.
My husband has a huge wall calendar over at his parish office. Each day of the week is marked, using colour coded Post It notes, with the committments to be fulfilled that day. Some days have so many notes attached to them I can't figure out how he is going to get everything done, but he does.
Today is June 1st and my husband was certain he had seen a note posted for today. He knew that he knew that he knew, but what was it about? Unusually for him, he tossed and turned all night, waking up every "whipstitch" (as my mother used to say) fretting a bit about what was on that note. Finally at 6am he gave up the fight, pulled on his pants and shoes and toddled down the breezeway to his office to see if there really was a posted note.
There was indeed a note...and on that note was written, "June 1st"! hahahahaha No committments beyond the usual Saturday sermon tweaking and final preparations for tomorrow's services are happening today....but the image in his mind of something being attached to today's date was correct.
He was so relieved. He went back to bed and slept for another 3 hours.
So the lesson from today's post is if something is nagging at you in the middle of the night, disrupting your sleep and creating stress, if it is possible to do something about it right then, go and do it right then! It will save you many a sleepless night and you may discover things are not as dire as your jumbled middle of the night thoughts suggest.