Praying through a Wakeful Night

One night, a few weeks ago, I simply couldn’t get to sleep. After much tossing and turning, I reached out in prayer to my Father-Mother, endeavouring to gain a sense of peace and rest.

After a while, I got out of bed and walked to the open window. The night sky was filled with stars, and as I looked up at them, I was filled with a powerful sense of God’s order and presence, of His overall control of the universe, including man. I found myself humming a line from a much-loved hymn, and these words just filled my whole being:

“As the stars in order going,

all-harmonious, He doth move;

heavenly calm and comfort showing,

comes the healing word of Love...”

At that moment, in the still of the night, it was crystal-clear to me that just as the stars are held in their place by the one infinite Mind, so man is held in God’s care, always resting in His love.

A great sense of peace enveloped me, and I went back to bed. By this time it was nearly dawn, and I hadn’t slept a wink. As I lay there, the thought came to me, “You’re going to be tired all day today, not having had any sleep”. Hot on the heels of that mortal mind thought came Mrs. Eddy’s words from Science and Health:

“You say you have not slept well or have overeaten. You are a law unto yourself. Saying this and believing it, you will suffer in proportion to your belief and fear”. I immediately decided that I was not going to accept this belief, and so I didn’t. I got up, and moved forward into my busy day, with no ill-effects whatsoever. Mrs. Eddy assures us, “The consciousness of Truth rests us more than hours of repose in unconsciousness”.

For all I am learning through the study of Christian Science, I am very grateful.

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