On Fridays I join Kate Motaung’s link up and with other writers write for 5 minutes on the weekly prompt. This Friday’s word is…Dwell.
Daylight all is normal. It’s only when my head hits the pillow that it begins…angry hateful words spewed at me, calculated humiliation, all the pain, anxiety, what ifs running through my brain. The past remains alive in my head and sleep is impossible.
And in the daylight, I know that God is my protector. And in the daylight, I know that God has delivered me from this potentially soul crushing situation and I am safe. But in the night, the past is still present in my brain.
I call out to God. I know His mercy and grace. And in the wisdom of His Truth He leads me to His Word:
Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past. Isaiah 43:18
I was dwelling in the past. Past events that I couldn’t change. I turned events over in my mind, trying to figure out how I could have prevented it from happening.
God doesn’t want me to dwell in the past…mistakes, triumphs, happy or bad. He desires for me to dwell in His truth. His daily mercy and grace. If I dwell in the past…I cannot forget and focus on today, the new things He has for me.
God wants me to dwell in Him. And when I dwell in His goodness I experience His peace and presence even during difficult times, and I am able to do follow Him and do the things He has called me to do, and….I can sleep!