I had every intention of sleeping in this morning. I figured since it’s my birthday, that gives me permission, right? I didn’t even set the delay button on my coffee pot in preparation for my designed laziness.
However, there I was – laying in bed wide awake with another hour before my alarm would have normally gone off had I not turned it off before going to bed last night.
My first thought was to turn over, close my eyes and go back to sleep. But then, words from a sermon that I heard a few days ago flashed in my mind. Words reminding me not to ignore the moments that the Lord wakes us up in the night.
Sometimes, the Lord wakes us up in the night because He needs us to pray.
Sometimes, He has something to tell us.
Sometimes, it’s because He knows that there is no other time in our day we are willing to give Him.
Sometimes, like He did for me today, He just wants to give us a sweet moment with Him.
So as these thoughts from this sermon are pulled from the closet of my memory, I ask the Lord if He wants me to get up. Suddenly, it was as if my eyelids were glued open. There was no way that I was falling back asleep.
I got out of bed and went and sat on the couch with Bible in hand.
I eventually ended up in Matthew 14, which is the story where Jesus calls Peter to step out of the boat and walk on water – a chapter that the Lord has been using to encourage me to step out in faith in certain areas.
However, this morning the Lord highlighted a verse that I hadn’t given much attention to:
And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. (Matthew 14:25)
It was in the few hours before the breaking of dawn that the Lord came to His disciples and called Peter to step out and come to Him.
It was during those same hours in the early this morning that the Lord also called me, woke me up to come be with Him.
How awesome is that!
The Lord used this scripture, that He has already been using to encourage me, to remind me how He longs for me to come to Him; to spend time with Him.
(The truth in this chapter extends much deeper than understanding God’s desire to spend time with us – but this is what the Spirit emphasized to me this morning.)
It was a great birthday gift from Him. There is nothing more precious than knowing that the Lord delights in just being with me.
Do you ever have those frustrating times of waking up in the middle of the night for absolutely no reason? Let me encourage you to consider that those moments may be the Lord calling you to come spend time with Him. The ministry of His Word and His Spirit can be so amazing in those hours – away from all noise, busyness and distractions of the normal every day life. Go to Him! You will be blessed!