It was early in the morning and I’m sleeping like a baby when suddenly, I hear this loud noise next to me. It’s my husband’s phone, he is strolling through Facebook. The loud, obnoxious sound from ads and videos playing as though I’m not trying to sleep, had awaken me from my peaceful and well deserved rest.
“Oh baby, did I wake you? I’m sorry.”
I turn over and within what seemed to be a few minutes, I hear the television. It loudly flick from one channel to the next, from talking, to music, to audiences’ laughter. Really? Can’t he see I’m trying to sleep here? Just because he’s awake doesn’t mean I want to get up.
I begin to toss and turn, seemingly unnoticed by him. I take my pillow, and with a loud sigh, cover my head. Finally, my husband casually turns around and says, “Is the TV too loud? My bad.”
Why do I feel he asked with a smirk on his face? I eventually fall back to sleep only to be awaked by a knock on my door. Before I can respond, my husband yells for them to come in. In bounces my daughter with a big smile on her face and singing, “Good morning parents. Mom, can I either use your car or get a ride to work? I need to leave now because I have to meet someone soon.”
My husband and my daughter look at me. I think in my mind, “Okay Lord, I’m awake.” I smile and shake my head as my husband tells my daughter to take his car and he would get it later. My daughter leaves and my husband turns off the TV, rolls over and falls asleep.
Now, at this point I am awake. My husband is asleep, his phone and the television are turned off, and my daughter has left. I just lie there with this silly grin on my face waiting on God. It is so peaceful now and I love it. Okay Lord, you have my attention, it’s just you and me. There is always a reason for everything.
I lied still and began to pray. I told God that he had my complete attention. What was so nice was the peace and quiet I was now experiencing compared to the noise that had interrupted my sleep moments earlier. That same noise, that seemed to be such a disturbance, ushered to a place of peace. Oh, blessed quietness.
As I prayed and waited for the Spirit to lead and reveal to me what I was to know and do, I got it. So often we have distractions in our lives that annoy us to the limits of no return, but all distractions are not really distractions. Sometimes God is trying to get our attention, and He knows how and when to do so. He knew my husband would fall asleep, the noise would stop, my daughter would leave, and I would be awake. God already knew that I would eventually calm down and get it. He knew that I would eventually get that He was trying to get my attention and I would lie in my bed and pray. God is teaching me patience.
This situation makes me think of 1 Samuel 3:1-10 when the child Samuel was sleeping and he heard his named called. The Lord woke Samuel out of his sleep three times before the boy answered by telling the Lord to speak because he was listening. God had to get his attention so Samuel would hear Him.
How many times have God tried to get your attention but you were either too busy, too afraid, or simply, did not answer his call? What interruptions keep occurring in your life that you have not figured out its purpose. Quiet your noise and tell God to speak, because you are ready to listen. He is waiting to hear from you.