I’d like to share a story of the last trip we took to Cliffside Campground in Southeastern Wisconsin.
My family and I went camping (in a tent, we rough it, so we appreciate our comfy beds when we return home.) My two youngest brothers joined us.
We had a long day of walks and playing at the playground.
The entire stay we heard an obnoxious rooster in the background, I’ll talk about him in a moment.
I think cooking our meals outside is fun. I enjoy serving my family as they gather around the picnic table when everyone has worked up an appitiete and is excited to eat.
One of our favorite things about camping is roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire.
I stayed up with my brothers around the campfire later than usual. They made me laugh with their crazy rap songs, dances, and their innocent ideas of the world.
I explained to Teyt (my 9 year old brother) why it would be a bad idea to eat more than 4 S’mores.
All day we heard this rooster “cock-a-doodle-doo ing” at a nearby Farm. It wasn’t different at night because at 2:00 in the morning this rooster was still crowing.
I just wanted to sleep. I wanted him to stop sounding the alarm for a good morning. It was still dark it was just after midnight. There was no daybreak. There was no dawn. It was black outside except for the full moon that night.
It reminds me of how dark our world is today. In darkness God is still calling out. The Spirit is also still calling out to wake up the church and tell his people (and anyone who will listen and obey) that it’s time to rise up and be ready for his coming. Like the 10 virgins who waited for their groom to come, 5 had enough oil in their lamps the other 5 did not.
That annoying rooster on our camping trip made me think of an alarm of the spirit going out to the world to wake up those who are sleeping spiritually.
We don’t want to be bothered. We want to roll over and go back to “sleep”.
We enjoy doing the things we’re doing. We don’t want to be disrupted. We want to continue in our rest.
The urgency of the call is persistent. It’s continual, because the time is come for the world to wake up and know the Lord’s coming is drawing close.
We have a work to do. We should be urgent to put down this flesh and walk in the spirit. Allowing Him to work through us.
This rooster wouldn’t keep quiet! It was relentless! All I wanted was some beauty sleep. I needed to rest.
I knew my kids would be up with the sun and they require much of my strength and effort throughout the day.
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:11-14
Lord wake us up. Help us be diligent with the time we are given. Help us put down our “wants” and focus on what really matters. Connecting to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It’s about people. Not things. It’s all about people.
The Spirit is constantly calling. If you get quiet with Jesus you will hear His voice.
The closer we get to Jesus the more we desire Him and the easier it is to pray and be in His Word.
God is calling today. Do you hear it? Will you respond to the call?