Time to Wake Up

On the morning that we were to leave for Germany to get treatment for my wife’s cancer we had our alarm set for 3:15 a.m. to be on time to the airport. Much to our surprise at 2 a.m. a raccoon darted across our back deck with such speed that we were both startled out of our sleep. Though we both wanted to sleep a little longer it turned out good that we were awakened because we really needed the extra time to get ready.

I thought of Paul’s words that “knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep”. (Romans 13:11) He also says; “Awake to righteousness and do not sin.” (1 Corinthians 15:34)

Having cancer hit the family has been a real wake-up-call to us. Sometimes we need a wake up call so we can have more time to focus on things that will get us ready for the kingdom.

During our long twelve hour flight from San Francisco to Frankfurt, I didn’t sleep at all. When we finally arrived at the clinic in Baud Mergentheim, there was checking in, orientation, examining of medical records, an EKG, laying out a treatment plan, lunch, and supper.

By the time our sleepy heads hit the pillow at 8:30 pm Monday evening it had been thirty three hours since the visit from our furry raccoon friend. Much to our surprise two hours later we were awakened again by the sound of fireworks. Standing on the balcony of our 4th floor room we watched fireworks for a while. It was no surprise that at 3 am we were both wide awake again because of jet lag. Lying in our twin beds in the dark we chatted and counted the every quarter hour chimes of the nearby church until they told us it was 4 a.m. So now I am up typing these words.

The truth is the Lord wants us to be awake.

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