In addition to be called Michelle and Misha, I have another name…Princess and the Pea! I sleep with a night mask, my hippo (about 36 inches tall), and ear plugs. Our neighbors have a bright light that shines into our room. Thus, every night Garrett and I go through the tradition of closing the curtains (sheets) we hung from our 4-poster bed. It’s funny because while the light may not bug Garrett, it bothers me, and I am the one wearing the night mask. If that’s not enough, before getting into our comfortable sleep positions, I kindly remind Garrett in a loving wife tone (not) that I will have to kick him if he lays on his back and snores.
Last night I could not understand why I had such a fitful sleep. Earlier that day, we went to the dog beach and had a wonderful dinner with my parents. It was a blessed experience, so why was I awake at 3 in the morning?
I rolled on my stitches the wrong way causing a surge of pain, but it wasn’t the pain that was keeping me up. It was something else. I could feel small particles of dirt rubbing on my legs. Whatever it could be was all over the bed!
Garrett was sound asleep and there I was, bothered beyond belief by these small, yet very annoying particles. The next morning, I complained to my mom about these bizarre particles and let her know how disturbed I was by them. My mother asked me, “Did you take a shower before going to bed? I said, “No. I saved time by taking one before the beach, but I did rinse my feet off in the shower after the beach.” She commented, “You didn’t take a shower…it’s sand!”
I realized that if I would have taken a shower then I would have slept well. God showed me that it was foolish to lose sleep over something so petty and that if I would have taken the steps to clean myself, I would not have been bothered. In life, if we remain spiritually clean, we too will not be bothered by the small things.
2. What small things are keeping you up at night?
3. What steps do you take to avoid letting the small things in life get you down?