Alarm clocks are the enemy, and so is that dang snooze button. I’ve gotten to the point where I bypass the snooze button entirely, turn the alarm off, and hope that I’ll wake up on my own in seven to ten minutes. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.
We set our alarm clocks so that we may be awakened from our slumber at a specific time, in order to prepare to go to a specific place in a timely fashion. Recently I got to thinking about wake-up calls. Not the kind that a human would make from a telephone, but instead those of a supernatural essence. These calls are not triggered by a time being set on a clock. They originate from a higher power. A spiritual alarm is what I like to call it.
Whenever something disadvantageous happens in a person’s life or they’ve been blessed to narrowly make it out of something that probably should have been the end of their existence, it is commonplace to hear that event being equated to a wake-up call. Let me tell you, I have definitely had my share of wake-up calls. When unfavorable events occurred in my life I would always shout “Why me?” It was only after I’d gotten through and overcame these particular instances, that I could then be found claiming how I needed to get my ish together. Thankfully I haven’t experienced any of those wake-up calls in a very long time. I attribute this to studying and applying the Word to my daily life. I found that by doing this my ability to make better decisions is enhanced.
I know a person who was a recipient of these “wake-up” calls every six months. No joke. This person is an acquaintance of mine. (For obvious reasons I won’t use the person’s real name. I’m going to call him Oscar.) Every six months like clock work there was a new occurrence in Oscar’s life. Each one was different from the other, yet the common thread was they were all attacks and setbacks in his life. Negative stuff. There was never anything good happening for him or to him. He would always emerge from every incident only slightly scathed and was usually able to move on with life as he knew it.
Once I began to notice this happening, I brought it to Oscar’s attention. I explained to him there was a reason these things were happening to him. Oscar was (and still is), completely oblivious to any thing that is outside of the natural realm. So you can only imagine the struggle it was for me to get him to see that there is a message that he is continuing to miss. Hence, the six month reminders he always receives. Oscar would always yell “why me” and take on the notion that he just has bad luck. My response would always stay the same. “Why not you, what makes you exempt from tribulation?” Oscar didn’t get it. Oscar never gets it.
Oscar’s mantra is “sh*t happens”. I agree. It does. But when things continue to happen to you over and over again, you have to at some point come out of the shallow end of the pool, and begin to search deeper for something more than a two-word explanation. I see wake-up calls as a call to action. We are either being called on to discontinue something, or to begin something anew. Whatever the case may be we need to acknowledge the true purpose wake-up calls serve, which is for us to learn and grow from.
I don’t want you guys to be an Oscar. What I’ve come to learn on this spiritual journey is that when we receive these unwanted wake-up calls, we ought to not hit the snooze button, but instead open our eyes and ears and take heed to the message in the call. When an unfortunate circumstance disrupts your life, you need not question why me. Turn it around and ask yourself what you can learn from it. Then do just that. Learn from it.
There are lessons and blessings to be found in our trials. Pay closer attention to what’s happening to you and around you as well. Wake up and get ready when your spiritual alarm clock goes off. You don’t want to be late and miss out on getting to the specific place you’re intended be.
Love all around,