You wake within me
‘But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you”
– EPHESIANS 5:13-14 (NIV)
What was it like when you first met Jesus?
Some people describe it being like a ‘light bulb moment.’ Some say they felt really peaceful… or like throwing a massive party. Others say that it was like waking up from a deep sleep or like they have been sleepwalking! It’s like their spirit has been awakened to God and everything has a new purpose and meaning!
It’s worth remembering how you felt in that moment, isn’t it?
The ‘waking up’ feeling doesn’t need to be a once off, though. If we ask God to ‘awaken’ us to what He wants to say, we can actually experience it again and again. Every day we can tune in to the Holy Spirit and be awakened to what God wants to draw our attention to or ‘wake us up to’ on the inside. We can shake off the sleepwalking feeling and begin to see things clearly.
Sometimes God awakens us to things we need to change about ourselves. We all know how that one feels, right? We do or say something we’ve done or said the same way for ages and then we get this little thought in our mind that kind of says… “Ummm… that’s not really OK, is it?” Or we read a verse in the Bible that just practically jumps out of the page with a neon-flashing light saying, “You need to change this!!
Other times when God ‘wakes within us,’ it is more about us awakening to the way that He sees the situation. All of sudden, everything seems to look really different. Clearer. Maybe we can finally see the best in someone who had previously driven us crazy. Or maybe we feel like a situation that once looked hopeless is no longer impossible. This is letting the Holy Spirit wake within us! It’s a whole new way of living!
Let’s pray boldly today. Let’s ask God to wake us up to whatever it is that He wants to say. Let’s dust the sleep from our eyes and awaken fully into all that God has for us today!