My alarm clock and I have always had a complicated relationship. When I was younger, I would stumble out of my room, late for breakfast and barely awake. My mom would ask me: “So what happened this morning, Eliza?” There was always a new story:
“I must have turned the volume down on my alarm!”
“It somehow got unplugged in the middle of the night.”
Or, my favorite:
“I set my alarm to PM instead of AM!”
As I get older, getting up early has became a necessity, since I have to be at work at 8am. However, I still have trouble willing myself out of my nice, comfy bed! It’s rather ironic that I write for a blog called “Come Awake,” but that is beside the point.
Something I have learned in the course of my 22 years of living is that
the Lord can take our struggles
and turn them into victories.
I have learned that the BEST time for me to spend with the Lord is first thing in the morning. My mind is fresh, the coffee is hot, and the craziness of the day hasn’t even started yet.
When I can stop hitting the snooze button and instead get up and have a quiet time, not only do I wake up physically, I also wake up spiritually. It’s a wonderful part of my day where I can feel the Holy Spirit inside me, stirring my heart and making me aware of His presence. That sets the tone for my entire day!
…It is high time to AWAKE OUT OF SLEEP; for now the time of our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. | Romans 13:11
So here’s a question for you:
Are you spiritually asleep?
Sadly, many people, even the ones who claim to be Christian, go through most of their lives spiritually asleep. While they go to church on Sunday, pray, and go through the motions of being a Christian, they are actually fast asleep. Instead of actively seeking the Lord and His leading, they are oblivious to His voice and go about their days without thinking about what the Lord would have them do.
The enemy loves when we are lulled to sleep, because we aren’t even aware of it. A person who has completely rejected the Lord knows what he has done. A sleeping Christian thinks they are fine, when in reality they are not.
C.S. Lewis writes:
“The safest road to hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
Yes, sleeping is nice. It is necessary too! But there comes a point when we just need to wake up! Seek the Lord. Spend time with Him every morning. Allow yourself to wake up spiritually, before trying to tackle the day. It really does make all the difference!
Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. | Ephesians 5:14