Awake from Sleep

"I was glad when they said to me,
  'Let us go into the house of the LORD.'"
(Psalm 122:1)

            "They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
             And their spears into pruning hooks."
  (Isaiah 2:4)

"And do this, knowing the time,
that now it is high time to
awake out of sleep;
for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand."
(Romans 13:11-12)

"Keep awake therefore,
for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  
But know this, that if the master of the house had known
what hour the thief would come,
he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
Therefore you also be ready,
for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
(Matthew 24: 42-44)

Sleepiness so easily can overcome us.                                                 
Some of us even sleep our lives away!                                                  
We turn our heads and walk back down the hill                                            
and never face the dragons that stand in our way.                                          
We accept mediocrity.                                          
We bury our heads in the sand                                        
and waste away.                                      
We close our hearts to loving again.                                    
And we slowly die.                                         

Yet, our great Father/Mother God continues
to shake us from our sleep.
She artfully entices our hearts to life.  
Sometimes He comes in disturbing dreams.  
At other times life becomes so unbearable we begin to cry out.

Advent is a time to be awake!
Something is brewing and growing.
And if we sleep we will completely miss its coming.
God's promise to you is coming!  
We have no idea as to when or how it may appear--
all we have is hope and an abiding trust in His Word.

And while we wait, again it is easy to fall back to sleep again.
We lose patience; we get distracted.
We can so easily miss the blessing that was intended for us.

I have written about sleep elsewhere on this site:

We get some hints in these passages about what
will help us stay awake!

First, spending time in the presence of the Lord--
An eagerness to bask and be immersed in His presence.

Secondly, actively plowing up the fallow ground
pruning the deadness out of our lives--
developing healthier habit patterns of exercise,
eating, quiet time, reflection, curiosity and imagination.

And thirdly, keeping a watch for signs of the dawn
breaking upon the horizon--
following the golden threads that cross our path each day
and seeing where they might lead us.