For me, it never fails that as I lay my head down to sleep, a million and one ideas pop into my head. Ideas about projects I should work on, people I should connect with, new challenges I should attempt … They ALL come rushing to the forefront of my mind the moment I am seeking peace and quiet and rest.
Why is that?
I’ve heard a few theories on this topic. One is that as you lay down in bed, you get better circulation to your brain, which allows you to think more clearly and your creativity begins to flow. One individual suggested that if you needed to come up with a new project, idea, invention, or solution, you should actually lie down on the floor (or couch if you want to be comfortable), and you will find you have more ideas than you had before.
It really is an interesting concept!
A second theory I came across, when venting to a friend about lack of sleep due to my creativity crisis, is that when laying in bed, your brain shifts into a different mode. In this relaxed state, more of your subconscious thoughts rise to the surface. All those intentional thoughts that were clouding your mind have been packed up in your “Deal With Tomorrow” suitcase, and your subconscious creativity comes out to play.
It’s actually quite amusing, I think! Well, that is, until you are staring at the clock and wondering when Miss Creative will leave you alone long enough for you to drift off into dream land.
Here’s my theory, though.
I think the first two theories are quite valid. I’m sure they’re both true in some way. My theory, however, is that when we finally crawl our tired bodies into our warm and cozy bed at night, God finally gets a chance to chat with us once again.
Maybe we sat with Him in the morning and heard His thoughts on the day. Maybe we threw a “Thank you, Lord!” or “Please help me, Jesus!” into the atmosphere a few times throughout our hectic afternoon. But when we finally have decided that the day we are in has come to a close and we are ready to shift into delightful dreaming, God whispers to us, “Psst … my precious daughter … I just want to tell you how much I love you before this day is done.” “Hey … my amazing son … I just want to let you know how proud I am of you today!”
Then, He slips in a few of HIS ideas into our minds, and THAT is when those beautiful moments of brilliance take place!
They are HIS ideas. They are HIS creations and revelations that He’s been trying to get us to see all day long! However, the busy nature of our lives tends to choke out His voice.
So, today … tonight … make sure you have a pen ready. He has so much He wants to pour into you. Don’t wait until bedtime to hear Him speak. Don’t miss the sheer genius He is pouring into you and drawing out of you all day long. Those thoughts and ideas He’s whispering to you can change your life! They can point you in a new direction or help you through a crisis. They can revitalize your business or rejuvenate your relationships!
Don’t miss His whispers. Hear Him today. He’s got some AMAZING things to share with you!