I get up having learned not to trust the other places I could end up if I stay in bed.
I am willing to fall back asleep if it is possible. Experience tells me, though, to settle in a corner of the living-room couch, to turn a lamp on, to take up a nearby book of poems or prayers. Something there is that I have to sit with.
I do not feel particularly religious at that point. I am exhausted actually. I am trying to figure a way to carry something. I am trying to find a way to carry myself.
Last night I took time to find my place in the breviary, a book of psalms arranged in four weeks. When I found Week Three, I stayed with one of the psalms collected there. And then the awareness dawned. Here was a psalm I could encounter a month from now when Week Three comes back in the cycle. It will be November then, and I will be able to sit with it again. I will be someone who may need to sit with it or something like it at two o’clock of another morning.
Whenever I might need it in the two or three or twelve months to come, not only will it be there. I will be there too.
The message – and with it the return of sleepiness – turned out to be a simple thing.
Something I might need one day is possible.
The someone I might need to be is possible.
How did I get to live in a world as good as this?
In the words of the old hymn, Blessed assurance.