I don’t know about you but I have found that there seems to be a certain time of the day that God works on me. For me, this is generally about three in the morning.
As grateful as I am that God spends time with me or working on me, I find that His intervention at three in the morning leads to some very bleary-eyed days.
Generally, I find that at 3am, I wake with wonderful ideas swirling around in my head; ideas that I would not have normally thought of but that make me realize that it must be God trying to work through me and my writing.
Sometimes, I lay in bed trying to decide if I should get up or not. I have found that it is those times when I decide to not get up and I fall asleep again that the ideas that I had in my head leave by the time I wake and they are gone forever. In the morning, knowing that I had those great ideas and that I lost them makes me regret not having gotten up.
Over time I have learned to heed the calling to wake up and write while everyone else around me sleeps.
A few years ago God started stirring within me. At first I listened a little bit not really knowing it was God. I just thought that it might have been something I ate that was keeping me up at night. But as I tuned into Him more and more and the words that I was supposed to write became clearer and clearer, I knew it must have been God stirring in my soul rather than a late night ham sandwich rumbling around in my stomach.
So, here I am again at 3am writing. I just went through the same struggle with myself: do I get up or do I sleep. I must admit I tried sleeping but as I lay there I knew I needed to get up and do some work with God.
One thing that I truly believe in is “co-laboring” with God.
Besides writing, I run a small business. As with any small business, it has its share of headaches and heartaches. Sure, some of the rewards are great such as being your own boss, setting your own hours, etc… But there are also the problems of managing cash flow, making sure there is enough money to pay employees, etc…
As a small business owner there is no one to fall back on but yourself and God. There are times when things get very scary and I pray to God to help me out. When I do pray, I don’t just ask Him to be sure I get a check in the mail that day. Rather, I ask Him to help me find work for my business. I tell God that if He can help me find the work I will do it. I don’t ever ask God for anything for free.
Basically, I let God know that I will work as hard as I need to. I only ask Him to help me find the work to do. All I need is for God to unlock a door once in a while for me to be able to open and walk through.
This is how I “co-labor” with God.
And, I need to tell you that God has been very, very good to me. There have been times when things have looked the darkest for me and some anxiety starts to set in about finding new work or managing cash flow over the next few months when miraculously a new job appears and God saves the day.
I have asked God to “co-labor” with me many times and every time He has come through for me.
So when God calls on me at 3am and gives me inspiration to write, that is the time He is asking me to “co-labor” with Him.
After all He has done for me, how can I say no to Him?