Pr. 31:18: “She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night.”
I’m alright at perceiving that my merchandise is good, but I am Not a night person, so the second part of this verse has never been one of my favorites to read. I love my sleep! And not 4 hours… I’ll take 8 hours, thank you very much.
I just realized I’ve been overthinking it. I’ve envisioned myself having to staying up, bonnet on head, sewing clothes, doing bills, and cooking a week’s worth of meals while everyone else was sleeping soundly.
At about 9:20 last night, my daughter was throwing up. No matter how old she is, I’m not going to just go to bed and leave her alone while she’s suffering. I stayed up with her, and even slept on the couch with her, checking on her and helping her through the night. I didn’t even think twice about it.
Phew! I no longer have to be intimidated by that verse, thinking that one day I’ll get to it. I’ve had babies, and lost lots of sleep caring for them.
Although it’s thankfully not the norm in our house anymore, sometimes care needs to happen at night. If you have ever had to respond to a need at night that you didn’t think twice about, then you’ve done the same. Well done, you!
When a loved one needs us, whether they live in our house or not, we have to be available. They need to know that like Motel 6, “we’ll leave the light on for you.”