Keep Watch and Pray.

"Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” - Matthew 26:41

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I'm terrified of squirrels.

For years, I was terrorized by a couple of squirrels that lurked around in the 7-inch gap between my bedroom window and screen.

The squirrels get to the gap in my window through a cutout on the screen made specifically for the A/C. In the summer, my window has to be kept open for the A/C to fit securely through the cutout.

The squirrels squeeze their bodies between the A/C and screen to get to their hangout spot in the gap. The only thing that stops them from getting in my room in the summer is two flimsy plastic doors on the left and right side of the A/C.

My bed is close to the window, so I secretly feared that one day the squirrels would come into my room and jump on me while I was sleeping—they already chewed through portions of the plastic doors.

I had a plan, though. When I would hear the squirrels in the morning, I would jump out of my bed and bang on the window to scare them away.

It worked every time!

One morning, I woke up to the sound of a squirrel squealing in my window. I tried to ignore it, but I couldn't. So, I sat up in my bed to prepare myself to bang on the window.

I looked at the window and didn't see any squirrels. Five seconds later, I realized why. One of the squirrels was on the wall beneath my window... IN MY BEDROOM!

I almost had a heart attack.

I screamed, and the squirrel started going crazy. The squirrel was just as afraid as me, so after a few seconds that seemed like forever, it eventually found its way out of my room.

I was randomly thinking about the squirrels recently. They always came early in the morning when I should’ve been out of bed. I didn't even need an alarm clock because when I heard them, I jumped up as if someone was about to kill me.

Instead of getting my day started with that dose of energy, I typically got back in the bed after I banged on the window. Here's the thing, though, what if the squirrel situation that I'd been wanting to change for years was set in place to change me?

It's amazing to me that the squirrels only came at the time I needed to get up. And when they came, they gave me the energy I needed to get my day started... on time.

Maybe God was using the squirrels to teach me discipline. And since I wasn't getting the message, He allowed something drastic to happen—a squirrel coming in my room—to wake me up (figurately and literally).

Sometimes it takes extreme things to teach you a lesson when you aren't getting it. The God who blesses you is the same God who will let a squirrel run wild in your room to get you to pay attention.

God promises to never leave you nor forsake you, but He didn’t promise to keep you in your comfort zone. What if the situation you're trying to change in your life is what God is using to change you? To prepare you. To make you stronger.

I'm reminded of Matthew 26:36-46. Jesus went to pray in Gethsemane and asked a few of his disciples to keep watch. Every time he came back, he found them sleeping. He was trying to prepare them for what was about to happen, but they couldn't keep their eyes open.

"Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” - Matthew 26:41

Even with a willing heart, temptation can overpower your desire to obey God if you don't stay connected to the throne and pray.

We are living in very uncertain times, and it’s important to stay spiritually vigilant. God is doing a new thing and bringing us into a new “normal” that requires us to trust Him completely.

Keep watch and pray.

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- Mags

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