Jamie Fuller | Servant Coordinator
“The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11b)
The Lord reminded of a movie scene when I woke up in the middle of the night this week (cue husband snoring in the background, because I believe God has a sense of humor).
The scene appears in the familiar book and movie, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe from The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. The evil White Witch has made it Winter in Narnia all the time and has turned many of Aslan’s faithful ones into stone. Aslan is the great and good lion and rightful King of Narnia. As part of his return and rescue, he goes to the White Witch’s castle and begins to breathe on her courtyard of stone statues. They begin to come back to life so they can go and fight with him for the Kingdom of Narnia.
Over the past few months, I’ve had conversations with other believers about interactions they’ve experienced that seem to be “divine appointments”.
These encounters have happened during an ordinary grocery store trip, at restaurants, or through a timely reconnection with an old friend.
As Aslan did in the movie, The Holy Spirit is waking them up to the everyday movement of God in their lives. Every day, we intersect with people and opportunities, and sometimes, we miss it. We get in a spiritual slumber because of our busyness. We accomplish the to-do lists but miss the one person we were supposed to minister to or the thing we were supposed to learn, because we are asleep. Our physical eyes are open, and we look at our phones and at our problems, but our spiritual eyes are closed to our calling, ministry, and blessings that are right in front of us. Our hearts of flesh are turned to stone, and our enemy succeeds in blinding us to the needs around us.
There are so many places in the Bible where it says Jesus looked around, or Jesus saw, or Jesus noticed. He always spoke or responded to those things. He was on mission and laser-focused every day to what His Father had for Him to do on this earth. As Christ followers, we should model this. We need the help of the Holy Spirit to fight distraction and indifference. We must rest and abide in Him, so we will not only have the sensitivity to see, but we will intentionally be on the lookout for how God is working.
We need to live with a healthy Holy Spirit fomo (“fear of missing out”) that motivates us to not miss those divine opportunities. Call me a dreamer (no pun intended), but I want to walk closely enough to Him that I recognize Him at work every single day.
The reality is laid out for us in the verse. Our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Jesus is coming soon, and there are others who need to hear about the hope of Jesus Christ that we carry in our hearts. Now is the time to be awake and be available for His good purposes.
“Therefore, it says, Awake O Sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)