In the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep because my mind will NOT stop its analyzing the day, regurgitating the mistakes, fretting about the future that I know I can’t control, I roll over and lie on my tummy. And I say “tummy” because that’s the correct word in this situation. Within a couple of minutes, my body starts to relax, I feel the deep sigh and my mind finally shuts off. Never fails. Of course, I can’t stay that way because my neck starts to stiffen, and every one knows that position etches the deep wrinkles right into your face. Right? But it only takes a few minutes to achieve that state of mind so that I can finally sleep.
I have no idea why this position works. Is this a physical thing where my body is stretched out into the most conducive position for relaxation? Or is there a deeper meaning? Did my mother put me on my tummy to sleep when I was a baby? Is this such a safe, familiar place in my psyche that my mind responds?
What about that other position that God has been trying so long to teach me that provides the safest, most peaceful environment? Will I ever COMPLETELY learn? I long for that. I know I’m progressing, but the learning curve seems so steep…
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.