All last week I have awoken at 4am for no apparent reason which has been quite annoying really especially when I wear ear plugs and have a completley blacked out room. A friend of mine (after saying I should know better) thought God was trying to tell me something aka Samuel stylee. I didn’t think this was the case and besides, God speaks to me in other ways but not directly. Plus I am fairly sure She wouldn’t want to tick me off by depriving me of sleep.
Yesterday, in a completly seemingly unrelated incident, and for no apparent reason, I decided to ask a daft question to one of the US’s most popular evanglicals Frank Viola. Frank in his tweets said “God’s people are in a spiritual warfare, but many of them r too busy shooting at their fellow soldiers to fight the real enemy.”.. so I tweeted back “There’s an enemy? Description required please?” A bit childish I know but I do dislike this thought about evil being personified. Anyhoo, Frank actually replied with “see Ephesians 6”. Which is Paul going on about putting on the armour of God to empower ourselves again the enemy. Sounds very warlike don’t you think? Not very love , kindness and peace of Christ kinda thing eh?!. So after being Gob smacked he actually replied I went off to sleep muttering something stereotypical about americans needing their enemies, and trying to remember the title of the story about the hunter and the whale.
So in a dream I heard myself saying “You mean Jonah and the Whale”. The word Jonah was said several times until I finally woke myself up at 5am (which was 4am in pre BST) with the words “NO I MEAN Moby Dick!” Satisified I had finally answered my initial problem about what the title of the book was, I went back to sleep.
The surprise moment of syncronicty happened when I woke up properly to get ready for work. I checked my emails on my ipod and there was the daily bible reading email from The Word Live. The Bible reading for today was Jonah 1:1-17 titled ‘Dont run away, Pray’. Which startled me still as I had been thinking of whether I should stay in the C of E.
Then later in the day someone else emailed me and said “Stick with the CofE as they need you” and they knew nothing of my Jonah moment.!
So, in the story of Jonah, this guy hears God and runs away in fear. He ends up being swallowed by a whale and in the stomach is transformed. I guess there’s hope for me yet! I’ll just avoid the sea for a few months….
Oh and perhaps God really was trying to tell me something at 4am in the morning. I hope He’s done now!