Imagine: it’s time for you to wake up one morning, but you just keep sleeping. Sunlight streams into the room, but you’re not outside to enjoy a morning walk in nature. Your alarm clock starts playing beautiful music, yet you can’t hear it. Your spouse reaches out to hug you, but you can’t feel it. Your children and pets try to play with you, but in vain. One of your friends calls you to talk and you can’t connect. A project you’ve been excited to work on remains undone. Since you’re asleep, you miss out on enjoying all those experiences.
It's easy to see how much you’ll miss if you sleep through your days, physically. But you may not be aware that you’re missing out on even more if you’re spiritually asleep. It’s possible to go through life with your body awake but your soul asleep. That happens when you’re not seeking God day by day. When you’re not intentionally connecting with God, your life will shrink down to the level of your to-do list, without the greater meaning and joy God intends for you.
Hebrews 2:4 promises that God testifies to people’s salvation “by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” When you’re spiritually awake, you experience the wonder of discovering and enjoying God’s work around you. The key to waking up spiritually is waking up to the wonder that points to God’s work in your life.
Here are 5 ways to wake up spiritually, adapted from my book Wake Up to Wonder:
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