Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Stirred and awakened
When she is stirring, I know she is okay. It is when she is not stirring that I just wait and watch - listening and observing.
I think God does a similar thing with us. He waits and watches for our movement, not because he needs to know we are okay, but because he needs to see that we take the right first steps with safety and security. As we awaken, our "footing" is not all that steady. We are a little "wobbly" in our movement. It takes a little while for our body to catch up with us. It is at this point we are most susceptible to injury - such as losing our footing, stubbing a toe, or even getting a little turned around. As we awaken spiritually to things God wants us to move into, God wants to ensure we are taking steps which are well-grounded and secure along the way.
There is nothing like being awakened and stirred from within. As we awaken naturally, it is usually because our bodies are rested, or we need something such as a bathroom break. When we are awakened in any other way than our bodies responding to some internal signal, such as hearing a loud noise which awakens us from a sound sleep, we are startled and shaky in our movements. Our perception is "colored" by the unknown which awakened us. Our internal bodies weren't really ready to be awakened, but something stirred us and it may not always be a good thing! God watches over his creation to ensure we are each stirred at the right time, in the right way, with the right stimulation to ensure we have a good footing and are protected in our movement forward. Just sayin!