To the 3am Club- You know who you are-
So you can’t sleep. What is it tonight? Is there someone on your mind? Are you sad? Angry? Lonely? Unhappy?
Think back for a second. When was the last time you were happy? Like actually happy. Not this pretending nonsense where you go back and forth from joy to despair sometimes by the hour, but actual real uninterrupted happiness.
You probably don’t remember. It’s possible that you have never even experienced this in the first place. Many think back to their childhood when asked to define what pure happiness looks like, but let’s examine that for a second…you actually probably weren’t that much happier as a child then you are now. When you were a child you had all the daily childhood dilemmas and traumas to deal that seemed so incredibly important then but so silly now. You were probably far more emotionally unstable in your youth as well. Childhood innocence often gets confused with happiness.
And you definitively weren’t happy when you were a teenager and you were just getting a taste of the bitterness of the adult world. You were far too busy working through insecurities and fears of the shark pool that is young adulthood.
And that brings us to now. Your still here, and still unhappy. Nothings has changed in that field since the day you were born.
You might feel frustrated, like you have every piece of life’s puzzle perfectly in place. All except for one. That missing piece whose vacancy sits in the center of the puzzle like a black hole, if found, would make everything complete, orderly, and from this, happiness would flow.
Perhaps you just haven’t found that person yet. Maybe you believe a mysterious stranger who has yet to walk into your life to be your missing piece. Or maybe it’s a job that you have to have to achieve happiness, or a possession of some sort. Maybe it’s success or recognition.
Many also think that happiness is dependent on where they live. If they could just leave this horrible place where all these horrible people live and all these horrible things happened then, maybe then, they could be happy.
So let’s say you do that. You move away. You find success and that special someone. But the madness between your ears continues. And the void where that missing piece fits only grows bigger and bigger, and bigger. Always demanding more stimulants and promising happiness once you’ve met its demands. It never delivers, and you are never happy.
Many are born, live and die this way. They never see the bright skies beyond the storm clouds. Or the monsters under their beds. It’s truly the saddest thing.
Here’s the thing though. You’re not alone and you never have been.
No matter where you are or what you’re doing, thinking, stressing over, or afraid of, you’re always with in arms reach of the creator of the universe. He is the only thing that can stop an exploding mind.
God freely offers peace, rest, purpose, and hope. He will fill that bottomless void. God is the missing puzzle piece to a complete life. You can end all of this with a simple prayer from your tired heart.
So don’t stay up tonight. Give it to God and go to sleep.
Luke 12: 25-31-
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”