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How does your day typically start? I’m talking before you get out of bed – with the alarm clock? Do you
have one of those alarm clocks that literally knocks one out of bed or is yours one of those soft little hums
or maybe just the radio coming on? I don’t suppose it matters the type what matters is how you respond
to the alarm. People react in such diverse ways to the alarm going off in the morning signaling that it is
time to get up and start another day. It can be quiet humorous at times when observing one and their
Now, the alarm is not generally an irritant for me, most of the time I don’t even hit the snooze button and
many times I wake up just as the alarm is about to go off. On the other hand; my daughter and husband
will sleep through as many snoozes as the clock will allow. Before my daughter married and left home I
would get so angry at her in the mornings because she would set her clock to go off forty five minutes to
an hour before she really had to get up. She would do this so she could SNOOZE all of that time and think
she did something great by waiting to the last minute to get up and then make it to her destination right on
time. By the time the alarm went off the third time I was in her room literally dragging her out of bed. I tried
my best to tell her that it was just a psychological thing that the end result was the same – she still had to
get out of bed at a certain time and get going.
Well, your probably thinking where in the world is she going with this whole alarm clock thing; just keep
reading. I was teaching Sunday school last Sunday when this rambling hit me and I gave those in my
class a warning that this was coming. I was talking about how God wants (calls) us to do things that we
don’t like or we are not comfortable with and how we often hit the SNOOZE button and tell God let me
sleep on that one a little longer. God may be saying to you go teach a Bible study. SNOOZE. I want you to
sing for me. SNOOZE. I have a ministry for you. SNOOZE. I want you to preach. SNOOZE. I need a
missionary in a land that doesn’t know me. SNOOZE. Start a children’s ministry in your church. SNOOZE.
Go feed the hungry. SNOOZE. Call that friend or neighbor that you have not talked to in a long time.
SNOOZE. Come, watch, and pray, the hour is at hand. SNOOZE. Yeah, that ones in the Bible. Remember
when Jesus took his disciples with Him to pray just before He was taken away to be crucified? The
disciples kept snoozing. The Bible tells us that Jesus finally went on and prayed without waking them
again and it also tells us what Jesus did while he prayed but the Bible don’t tell us what the disciples
missed because they were ……….. snoozing. I just can’t help but wonder what might have happened had
the disciples stayed awake. What might have been revealed to them? What great mystery of God might
have been delivered to them? What great miracle might they have seen Jesus perform?
Snoozing feels good to the flesh but what are we missing while we snooze? As I began to think about this
rambling and how we deal with the alarm and the snooze my mind quickly went to an incident that
happened to me during my teenage years. My very best friend at the time lived just down the road from me
and had asked me to stay the night with her. My staying the night was not an uncommon thing we stayed
with each other all of the time. What was uncommon was the fact that she had just received a stereo for
her birthday and…….. you guessed it, it came with a built-in alarm clock. Well we spent most of the
evening messing with the stereo and finally had everything set just like we thought it needed to be. We
finally settled in for the night and quickly fell asleep. Please remember it does not take much to get me up.
Well, my friend had set the alarm and forgot that she had turned the volume all the way up on the stereo
while we were jamming the night before. At the set time the next morning when I woke up ……………… I
was in the middle of the floor. Not because I slept there the night before, no I was there because the alarm
on that stereo literally knocked me out of the bed. I can still see myself on that day groping around trying
to figure out what in the world I was doing in the middle of the floor. Yeah, I know your laughing at me now
and that’s okay because along with this story I just realized that I don’t want God to have to knock me out
of my comfort zone because I keep hitting the snooze on what He wants from me. I encourage you today
that if you are hitting the snooze on God; get rid of your digital clock and get one of those old-timey clocks
that had two bells and a ringer on top that didn’t come with a snooze. Whatever God may be asking you to
do is not to hard because He has promised He will never put more on us than we can bear and He will
never leave us or forsake us. Think about the alarm that is sounding.
Author - Mecheal Dickerson
Trying to be and encourager for the Kingdom of God !
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