Awake at 3 AM

God works in really inconvenient ways. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love what He does and I love how He works in the lives of His saints and His disciples, but I gotta say, it can be *REALLY* inconvenient.

Let me tell you what’s going on.

As I write this, it’s about 4:15 in the morning. And I’ve been awake since 2:45. I fell asleep around 11:30. So, I’m writing on around 3 hours of sleep, and I’m probably not going to sleep anytime soon, because there’s so much for me to do right now. And that’s going to be *EXTREMELY* inconvenient when I go to work because I work in a warehouse lifting heavy boxes and doing a bunch of manual labor that will exhaust me.

But let me say this: I couldn’t be happier. I love the inconvenient situation I’m in, because while I perceive it as inconvenient, God knows that it is essential. I keep setting plans to write and read His word and study and start figuring things out for the ministry and I plan to do it all when I wake up before going to work. And it never happens.

Instead, I wake up about an hour before work, get changed, get my lunch ready, maybe eat breakfast, and then I’m out the door. So I say, “I’ll do it after work.” Ha. Yeah, that happens…if I’m lucky. Usually I’m home around 9-9:30 at night and I do one small thing before I turn my TV on and fall asleep. And this becomes a regular routine for me and I don’t do anything productive for the ministry.

Now, this is a combination of the weakness of the flesh and the enemy doing everything he can to stop me from serving God faithfully. But, I’m not going to get into that.

God decided, for the second time in 2 weeks, that the best way to get me to do what needs to be done for the ministry, my book, this blog, etc., is to wake me up at 3 in the morning and not let me go back to sleep…ever. And I’m okay with that. Because of that, I got a chapter done in my book, I got this blog post done, and I got some key reading and studying done. I am that much closer to getting everything up and running, and I could not be more grateful!

Sometimes we are put in situations where it seems inconvenient to us. We feel like we are in the wrong place at the wrong time. We feel like Benaiah must have felt when he squared off with a lion, two Moabites, and an Egyptian giant (not all at once; 2 Samuel 23:20-21). It seems like we’re done for or that the timing is very inconvenient. But not to God. He puts you right where He needs you in your life. I recently read a very calming and reassuring statement from author Mark Batterson, who said in his book In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day, “God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go.” It’s a mouthful, but it makes sense. We want to be where God wants us to be, but God wants us to get there even more than we do. And you better believe that God will make sure we get there, as long as we are in step with Him and His Spirit and Will.

Being awake at 3 AM is very inconvenient right now, but I know with great calm and certainty that this is God’s way of getting me where He wants me to be, no matter how inconvenient it is to me.

So, the next time you feel like God has put you in the wrong place at the wrong time, remember that God is in the business of making sure you are ready for what He has planned for you later on down the line.

May all the glory go to Him Who sits on the throne! Blessed be the name of the LORD Most High!

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