Reflections of a Believer
Lovers of Self
This morning I could not sleep. As I laid in my nice comfy bed in my temperature-controlled house, I was a little aggravated that I couldn’t just fall back to sleep. I prayed. I tossed and turned. Nothing. Nada. I just couldn’t sleep.
As I lay thinking, mind spiraling from one thought to the next, I realized being aggravated about a lack of sleep is such a first-world problem. In other countries, people live in turmoil every moment of their day.
This got me thinking, as an American, I am spoiled and self-centered. I was aggravated because I was going to lose a few hours of sleep. It took me a while to realize that instead of being aggravated, maybe this was my opportunity to pray, uninterrupted by life, for all the things I say I want. Perhaps this was not only my literal wake-up call but also my proverbial one as well.
I wonder how many of us have missed our wake-up calls? Those little nagging times that God gives us, sometimes in the most inconvenient moments, a revelation. One that we could so easily overlook if we are more concerned with ourselves than with Him.
After all, the Bible tells us, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”John 14:26 NIV
This verse puts no time constraints on God. He is not bound by our worldly view of time. In fact, our sovereign God has the ability to use the most inconvenient times to bring about the most significant revelations.
So, the next time you find yourself being inconvenienced, stop, take inventory, and ask God if there is a lesson or a revelation in that moment. Although we know that not every inconvenience is a revelation moment, some of them very well might be.
We thank you for Your love and Your grace. We pray for clarity of mind and heart and ask that You show us the moments where You are trying to get our attention. Soften our hearts to those times and make them undeniable. Amen
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