Have you ever been sleeping, quite soundly, and then suddenly wake up? Not from a dream or a sound, but just wake up for no apparent reason? I go through seasons of this myself and happen to be in one right now. I don’t have an explanation or scientific reason for it. I’m tired when I do turn in, following all the rules about not eating or exercising too late. I seem to be peaceful when I do turn in for the night.
So why do I suddenly feel the need to get up at three or four in the morning?
Struggling (I need my sleep, and a full eight hours at that), I get up, head downstairs and read a little. You see, by this point I know the reason I’m up – God wants to talk to me. The only cure for my partial insomnia is to listen to him speak to me through his Word.
This morning it was Psalm 27 and, not by coincidence, I read these words, “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘LORD, I am coming.’” Later in the same Psalm, “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”
When I easily dozed off to sleep last night, I thought I was all good. But God wanted to tell me something and it couldn’t wait till morning light. He knew I’d wake up with something on my mind or begin heading off in another direction without these important words still on my heart. The truth is, I know it changed my day completely.
Could God’s message have waited until a more convenient time in the morning? Evidently not – I tried. He just wouldn’t let me go!