Friday, April 20, 2012

Heavenly Wake Up Call

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to run. It was late Friday night when my wife and I arrived back home after a very busy day. I’d been thinking about running a 5k race the next morning, but now I was having doubts because I felt so tired.

“I don’t think I’m going to run,” I said to Jen. Then I clarified, “Well, if I just spontaneously wake up at 7:30 in the morning and feel good, maybe I’ll run. But I’m not going to plan for it.” A half-hour later I closed my sleepy eyes, almost positive they wouldn’t open again until at least 8:00.

When I awoke the next morning I rolled over to take a look at the clock. The red digital numbers read “7:29.” I almost laughed at the irony; then just rolled back over. I’m still tired, I told myself. I need to sleep a little longer. But it wasn’t happening. I lay in the bed for another 10 minutes and simply could not go back to sleep. Okay God, I get it, I finally consented as I threw back the covers and hopped out of bed. I’ll go run the race.

It wasn’t too long after I arrived at the race that I started to see God's purpose for bringing me there. It wasn’t so much about the race as it was about the people. I had, not one or two, but four or five divine appointments awaiting me. Everywhere I turned, the Lord was giving me another opportunity to share with someone about the ministry of South Mountain Christian Camp and how God continues to be at work here.

These types of divine appointments can only be set up by God. I’m so grateful that the Holy Spirit cares enough about us to intervene in our lives—even when we’re being stubborn on a Saturday morning. He woke me up and got me out of bed so that I wouldn’t miss out on the good things God had planned for me to do. And I had a great time!

Ephesians 3:10 tells us that we are “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand.” So, if you sense the Lord prompting you (or waking you up), let me encourage you to follow His lead. He always leads us to good things.

This is the way South Mountain Christian Camp operates. We try to always follow His lead when he prompts us to move in a certain direction, but we also try to be sure that we don’t run ahead of Him. In this way, we know that our direction is controlled by the Lord and the result will be good.

Look for divine appointments in your life today. You may be surprised at how many of the people you "run in to" during your day are actually set up by our Father. When you start to recognize these situations for what they are, you'll find opportunities to be used by God to minister to these people through an encouraging word, a compliment, or even just a smile. God wants to work through you!