I am not a good sleeper. My mind goes so fast all the time that I have a hard time shutting it down when it’s time to crawl in bed and call it a day. So, an uninterrupted night of sleep for me is a rare commodity. A couple of weeks ago, my active mind was just losing the fight with my over-extended body and I was drifting off to that wonderful world of REM. It was about 1:30 in the morning and just as I was closing my eyes I hear, “Mommy, I need you.” My youngest son was leaning on the banister of the stairs with his tattered blanket slung over his shoulder asking for my help. What was I going to do? Ignore him? Get angry and think, “How dare he interrupt my sleep! Doesn’t he know that I need to rest?” No. Even though I was bone tired, the love of motherhood would not allow me to ignore him. He needed me and I was there.
As I helped him get settled back in for the night I lay beside him for just a moment and kissed his perfect cheek. Even though he was asleep almost immediately and probably didn’t hear me, I whispered to him of my love for him and Jesus’ love for him. I told him that he could call me anytime day or night and I would come running. As I left him to his sleep and went back downstairs to finish the night, I thought about how what I had just experienced was a smaller scale of the Father’s reaction to me when I call upon Him. It doesn’t matter to Him when I call, He is always available. And what’s even more incredible is that, unlike earthly parents, He never slumbers or sleeps.(Ps. 121) He relentlessly watches over me and even longs to hear from me.
Scripture is filled with requests from our wonderful Father to come to him and talk to him and even ask for what we need. Why don’t we do this? Is it because we think that He doesn’t have time, or that He doesn’t really care – that our requests are too small for such a big God? If we let that train of thought dominate our prayer life, we will never have the intimacy with Christ that He died to provide. Remember, He did die for you and it was not only to make a way for you to get to heaven, it was also to make a way for you to have fellowship with the Father. It must grieve His heart when we don’t take advantage of the privileges He died to give us.
What’s the point? We are God’s children and He loves us. He wants to be “interrupted” by our requests even if it is the middle of the night. The veil of the temple was torn in two. He was trying to say something when He did that. (Heb. 4:12). So call on Him.