Someone had contacted me about a post I had put on Facebook quite a while ago about dealing with the death of a young man. She had a young person in her life who had suffered the loss of someone she loved and this FB friend of mine wanted to share that post with this young person. As I searched for it I came across a number of posts that I had forgotten about. This one in particular caught my eye because almost the same thing happened recently….. I was awakened in the night out of a deep sleep and realized I was supposed to get up and write a letter on behalf of someone going to court. I had offered to do it, not really thinking it would be of much consequence, just something to add to the discussion, if needed. As it turned out in this recent case, that letter wound up being a significant factor in the judge’s decision to delay a judgment that would have been detrimental to the individual. So with a couple of months to do further work in recovery, the odds of a more favorable outcome are much greater now. God knows what needs to be done, even when I forget or don’t realize the importance of something!
From December 6, 2016:
I had a Samuel and Eli-esque moment last night at 2:30 a.m. Suddenly, I heard my name called out urgently, “CATHY!” as if by someone needing immediate attention. I thought it was Bill. I bolted upright and said, “WHAT!” That woke Bill up so he asked what was wrong. I said, “Nothing. I thought something was wrong with you.” So, at 2:30 I’m wide awake. Bill went back to sleep. I tried to remember if I had been dreaming but couldn’t remember anything. The wee hours were then spent in prayer over 4 specific situations, each of which was requiring action in the form of a letter to be drafted to a district attorney out of state, a court administrator, a prospective employer for someone, and an attorney in a divorce and custody case with a hearing pending. There are times when God realizes the urgency of situations more than I do and nudges me…..although that was clearly the most demanding nudge I’ve ever received in the middle of the night from God. As it turned out the day today took a number of unexpected turns that would have entirely precluded me getting any of those letters written. So I just have to figure God ‘called me into work’ in the middle of the night to accomplish the tasks that God knew had to get done
If you have a heart after God’s own heart and make yourself available, expect to be “called into work” sometimes for middle of the night intercession. I think the demons must goof off in the night hours so there’s less interference!
And then there’s this:
Dec 7, 2016
After reading my post about being awakened in the night, a friend related a similar experience:
“I read with interest your FB post about being awakened at 2 o’clock in the morning, not being able to go back to sleep, and then having to take care of some urgent items. It reminded me of the time that I was awakened at 2 a.m. and being told to pray for something. I tried to roll over and go back to sleep and said to myself I would do it in the morning, and then I was told ‘on your knees.’
So I did. I got up, I prayed (yes, on my knees). Then I was able to go back to sleep.
I later shared that with someone, who then asked me ‘what was the answer?’ I had to respond ‘I don’t know, but all I do know is I was told to get up and pray, and when the Holy Spirit tells you to do something, you do it.
All about obedience.”