I opened my eyes to complete silence and darkness this morning. The first thought that entered my confused mind was, “Why in the world am I awake at this time of morning?” Yesterday was long—full of mommy duties, business meetings, and a studio session to cap off an overly full day. I should have been deep into an exhausted sleep, at least until my alarm went off.
But, for some reason, I didn’t feel a hint of tiredness, though I was a bit disoriented.
After a few passing moments, however, the cobwebs cleared from my brain and I sensed that familiar nudging— the one my mother, Annie, first talked to me about as a pre-teen. “When the Lord wakes you up like that you should just pray,” she sweetly instructed.
I’ve been heeding her advice ever since.
So, even before seeing any hint of dawn’s light through the large picture window in my bedroom, I gladly gave up the warmth of my blanket, turned on a soft light, and spent some time in God’s presence. Although it is my custom to commune with God every morning, He beckoned me much earlier today.
And, even though my sleep was cut short, I feel rested, renewed, and refreshed in my soul—something a full night’s snooze couldn’t give me anyway.
You know, it’s such a blessing to know that a great big God craves and desires fellowship and communion with little old me. I’m reminded of one of my favorite passages of scripture found in Psalm 8:4 that says, “What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him?” What a privilege and an honor to be in the presence of the King!
As I sat in silent conversation with the Lord, He shared with me wisdom from His word, and spoke to my heart concerning some areas I’ve been needing clarity in. How rich it is to eat from the Master’s table after awakening to a prepared feast.
Isn’t God just awesome?
To know that every once in a while He “taps me on my shoulder” so I can spend some extra “face time” with Him, is wonderful. And you know what? I would give up sleep any day of the week just to wake up to the glory of the Lord.
Today’s Prayer: Lord, please give me a heart that thirsts after You more than anything else. And let me always feel honored just to be in Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.