Unlike some, I have never learned to depend totally on the Lord to awaken me, especially when I need to get up for work on time. On those days, I set my alarm, with a back up!
However, God does very often awaken me during the night:
To remind me of something
To prompt me to pray for someone
To bless me with His presence
Some of you may question how I know that it is the Lord waking me and not just from something that I ate before bedtime.
The only way that I know how to explain it is that when it is God, I just know. He usually does so in the wee hours of the morning. I hear that still, small voice and feel His gentle nudge. Even if I feel tired and have to get up for work that same morning, I try to obey.
When I follow through, by either praying silently in bed or getting on my knees, God is so faithful to make sure that I still get a good night’s sleep. As soon as I feel the prayer burden lift, He very lovingly puts me back to sleep. I wake up feeling rested enough to make it through the day.
On mornings when I never do go back to sleep, it is typically because I start fretting about the day, or decide that I just want to get up to busy myself with something on my mind.
Perhaps one day I will learn to trust the Lord enough to let Him awaken me every day. I would love to throw away the alarms! In the meantime, I value knowing that He loves me enough to waken me to spend special time with Him alone.
In reality, though, the very fact that our eyes open each day is a blessing from God; this alone is reason enough to praise Him for awakening us morning by morning.
“The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned,
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.”
Do you have times when the Lord awakens you? If so, how do you respond?