In terms of morning routine, Braedon and Jackson have enjoyed an extended break. No alarms. No homework. No reason to get up at 6am. Over the past couple weeks, each boy began to sleep later and later.
This mama noticed sleepy eyes as they walked with rigid limbs and shuffled their socked fee to the kitchen.
It seemed the longer they snoozed, the less alert their minds were.
That is counter-intuitive, isn’t it?
Take a look at Jackson:
School “began” Monday. The expectation set forth from the parenting realm was each boy had to be awake by 8a and begin their work by 8:30am.
In the above photo, it’s 7:30am this morning.
No wake-up call.
No external motivation to get started.
Braedon and Jackson were done with their studies by 10:30am. And their motivation continued …
They scootered while I walked fast to try and keep up.
They noticed our newest backyard bunny hiding under the picnic table.
Jackson, without being asked, pulled in the garbage cans from the road.
Time is what we want most, but what we use the worst ~ William Penn
I think we can all agree it is easy to fill time. There are many people, maybe you too, who have more available time because of this virus.
Will we listen for His voice to still our souls? Will we heed His nudges to act by faith, even when it doesn’t make sense in this era of quarantines?
So it is said: “Wake up, O Sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14).
Do you hear Jesus, who is far above the plague, calling us to wake?
Do you have the sense that none of us will be the same after the plague? Do you place your hope in He who wants us to become more like Him, not less?
Staying in our jams is fun once in a while … but it is not the daily bread that feeds our souls.
We need a fresh wind, Holy Spirit, to come over us as powerfully as at the Pentecost.
Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life (John 3:6, NLT)
For it is only God who will awaken our souls.
Why, my soul are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God (Psalm 42:11 NLT).
His earthquakes shake the core of the earth, rattle our bones, and destroy man-made foundations.
His floods push us to higher ground, giving us front row seats while our possessions wash away.
This plague spreads rapidly, funneling us into isolation.
It is not time to hunker down with movie marathons, scrolling sessions, computer game competitions.
It is time to face our future, whatever that may be, with the living Word of God. For each of us still has a given purpose to live out, even in the midst of isolation.
Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God (Revelation 3:2).
Awake, o souls, awake!
Shake off the sleepiness of your faith
Rub your eyes
Wash your face
Bend your knees
bow to His throne of grace
Jesus Himself says
It is time
Your Father, His Son
For unto us, work is done
Not to inflate
A sense of worth
For that is found
In every baptism where hearts awake to a different sound
A self-less melody
A death of jealousy
A new life
in I, the Christ
Is meant to be shared
In ways that compassionately care
who may have chosen
Not the narrow, spiritual one that lasts
Thank you and welcome to the place where I follow His lead.
Will you join me in this prayer?
Oh Lord, we need You. May You bring an awakening to our individual hearts as well as Your people across the miles. Please Lord, send Your messages to us in ways we will see and hear. Please use Your willing vessels to proclaim and honor Your name. In Jesus name, Amen.
All photos in this post are mine.
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If you want to take a closer look at the Gospel of John as we head toward Holy week, join me this Friday at 10am-10:30am Eastern time. Today, a group of us gathered there at https://Facebook.com/jdibble4Him and focused on Jesus, His prayer for His people and His time of arrest. It is good to keep gathering, even if it has to be online. It holds our faith accountable to each other in His sight.
Have a beauty-full day as He leads you to His well for refreshment and sends you with purpose.
Love in Christ,