“In a dream, for instance, a vision at night, when men and women are deep in sleep, fast asleep in their beds— God opens their ears and impresses them with warnings …” Job 33:15,16
From time to time, I’ll awaken in the middle of the night with a thought on my mind, not like God’s calling to Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:4, “Then God called out, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Yes? I’m here.” But as if an alarm went off in my head and awakened me out of a deep sleep. I feel calm and able to think clearly. I consider this time to be a blessing. Sometimes, I pray. Or, I will crawl out of bed and journal my thoughts or head to my computer and write. When my eye lids begin to feel heavy, I go back to bed and immediately fall to sleep.
One of my favorite hymns is “Here I Am, Lord” by Daniel L. Schutte (1981)
Here I am, Lord. Is it I Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
When the time is right, I want to enter into the mission field somewhere in the world. I pray that one night I’ll be awakened by God who will reveal to me his plans for me, not just my own dreams.
Dear Lord, I pray when you call me into a new ministry, I will be able to say, “I’m ready.” Amen.