Good morning everyone,
Tap, tap, tap! Startled, I awake to a darkened room. On the night stand I can see the red glowing numbers of a clock that hasn't quite come into focus. I'm not sure where I'm at; just confused what woke me up. As I gain my composure, I realize that light is trickling through from around the curtain on the far left side from where I'm laying. By now, I can read the clock and it appears to be 5:30 but I'm not sure if it is a.m. or p.m.! First, I think I'd overslept because I was supposed to be at work at 4:00 a.m. Then I realize that I'd only been asleep a few minutes and the time is actually 5:30 p.m. From alarm to fear and back to relaxation in a matter of a few seconds makes me wonder again what woke me up! I again hear a tap, tap, tap! My eyes pop back open and I almost hear myself say, 'who is it?' That tapping sound wasn't an actual noise picked up by my ears but rather an internal plucking on my heart strings. Then it happened! As clear as a normal verbal conversation, I hear the Lord speak to me. No, not in a verbal sense. I reason that maybe I'm dreaming but then I realize I'm wide awake. The word 'yes' falls from my lips. Then I wonder who I'm speaking with or have I been up so much that I'm losing my mind! For years, I've had similar experiences but I've shrugged them off to being exhausted. God has literally taken me by the hand and has escorted me from bed. I've tried numerous times staying there so I can return to my long winters nap. More times than not I've laid there with a sense of uneasiness. This time I heard Him tell me that there is work to be done. You can sleep later! The few minutes of rest I just gave you is sufficient. What I've learned, ladies and gentlemen, a power nap from the Lord is truly all you need. When you experience His presence and you do not respond to His prodding, you will not rest like you should. Listen to His still small voice or as Scott Arnold would say, 'His loud clear voice', and do what He tells you to do! There is no peace until you know Peace! Whether it be prayer for your brother or sister, prayer for a specific need, or a message He wants you to write down; do not delay. Know Him and know what He is trying to get you to do! When you do that, you will have your own conversation with the Father! Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still so we can know that He is God. Colossians 4:6 reminds us that if we have conversations with the Father then our conversations with others will be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how to answer everyone.
Your brother in Christ,