I remember when I was like 20, if I ever woke up in the middle of the night I thought, “cool, it’s 2 a.m., that means I have like 4 or 5 more hours to sleep”. Then I’d turn over and sleep soundly for another 4 or 5 hours. It was like I got another night’s sleep.
I don’t know when that changed. But it changed. Now, if I wake up at 2 a.m., I’m completely bummed. Because I know there’s a good chance that’s it for the night. I’m going to lie there and watch the digits change on that clock sitting across the room.
This morning was one of those mornings. I have no idea why. I wasn’t anxious. I didn’t need the little boys’ room. I didn’t have coffee yesterday afternoon or evening. I was just wide awake.
I got up and sat where I always sit. Next to my Bible I had put my ipod, so I thought I’d find a soothing tune to read by, in an effort to calm myself and hopefully find a couple more hours of sleep.
I found Fernando Ortega and listened to several of his mellow tunes. He’s an awesome musician for your 2 a.m. needs. Then came an old classic song that I just love, but we don’t really sing in today’s church. “I need Thee, O I need Thee. Every hour I need Thee, O bless me now my Savior, I come to Thee.” I grew up with the old King James, so I don’t mind the Thees and Thous. Actually, I rather like the sound in this song.
You see, at 2:15 or so, I wasn’t especially worried, but I was awake and thinking. As I heard this mellow tune, with that amazing voice…”every hour I need Thee”, I realized why I was up. I think God wanted me to know that I NEED Him. Every hour.
I’m so blessed in my life. I have an amazing wife. I absolutely love our church family. God has graciously blessed me with wonderful people to work with at my office and throughout our ministry. It’s like God was saying to me in this moment…”please don’t forget this one very important thing…”
How are you doing today? Busy? Overwhelmed? Enjoying His blessings? Remember, along with me… “We Need Him…and yes, every hour.”