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When You Can Sleep

“Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters, Where the ragged people go, Looking for the places only they would know” Paul Simon

They say that it is the tough times that makes a person’s character. Consider Daniel in the lion’s den, did he sleep that night?

Sleeping photoI once had something like this conversation with a friend. It didn’t go as far as sleeping but was Daniel afraid when he was in the lion’s den?

I contend that he was indeed frightened, and my friend said he was not. If the reality of Daniel’s imprisonment in the lion’s den didn’t frighten him than it really wouldn’t be a test of faith would it? I think the scripture confirms my theory for when King Darius comes early and the morning and cries out to  Daniel, Daniel is awake and answers quickly.

If things in life don’t rock your boat, if you aren’t troubled than it really isn’t a test of faith is it? We are all unique individuals and are made in different ways. What bothers one person isn’t the same as what bothers another. I recall one time that the minister insulted somebody by calling him a ‘worm’ during a sermon. The poor person couldn’t handle it, he was going ballistic. I had to frown and shake my head that the person had such thin skin. But we are all different.

I have a good measure for you well you are doing in your test of faith, that is, can you sleep?

If somebody is going through something major it is going to press on your mind. For it not to do so would mean that you are not human. There are times that we can escape our present reality, but it is always there. Think about soldiers fighting a war on the front. They may get relief for a time but the battle is still always there, the reality of the soldier is a constant.

I am faced with a very bad situation. I cannot work because my wife suffers from dementia. I have taken up writing with zeal hoping somehow it will meet my financial demands. If it does not I don’t know what I will do. But the truth is that I have just awoken from a nap. I may not have enough faith that my situation doesn’t trouble me, but I can still get some sleep.

My story, if I am successful will be a great one. For about four years I have labored hard at writing with the goal of supporting my wife and I. In honesty I’d like to be very successful and be able to bless many financially. I would never have had the courage to walk away from a full time paying job to invest time in my writing. But sometimes you are forced to play the cards that are in your hand. In all honesty I am quite happy about it, you only get to live once in this life and I am glad that I can follow my life long dream. But will I be successful?

In the end it is all in the hands of God as it everything else. Yesterday the light had just turned green and I was about to cross the road. I heard a siren in the distance but I decided not to go through the green light until I investigated. After looking I saw the ambulance over two blocks away. I started to go but an SUV barreling down the road ran the red light. If I never stopped I am certain there would have been a bad accident.

Way things are around here is that World War 3 could break out in a week’s time. All it would take would be a flair up in some flash point around the world. Korea, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, are all possibilities where a massive conflict can begin. It is in God’s hand.

Is it well with your soul? In the end I must say yes and that I do  have faith. I exhibit it every time I write a blog or write a story. I trust that it is indeed getting me somewhere. Perhaps I will never succeed as much as I’d like but I have had some success. For that I am thankful.

Here is a story I wrote, please tell me what you think.

When You Can Sleep

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2018). When You Can Sleep. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 22, 2019, from


Last updated: 2 Apr 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 2 Apr 2018
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