What Is A Wake Up Call? [It Can Change Your Life]
No, I don’t mean a morning wake up call. I mean waking up from the stupor that has become your life. A call to crowd out the complacency and mediocrity that has gradually consumed you. A return to self. Perhaps it’s time for an entirely different path, a new direction, a fresh start. Maybe it’s time for a change. What is a wake up call and how can it change your life?
Be assured your wake up call will come when you’re good and ready. When you’re able to receive it, it will come calling. Will you hear it the first time? Or will it have to knock you flat before you get the message?
Wake Up Calls Come In Many Different Forms
Our wakeup calls will always be designed just for us. No two calls sound the same. Our calls come in many different forms and flavors. Maybe it’s the cancer diagnosis we never saw coming. Or the troublesome health condition that suddenly becomes life threatening, and turns our world upside down. Circumstances can and do change on a dime without warning. It’s easy to take circumstances and people for granted. Love your people.
A financial crisis comes calling in the form of a job loss or lay off. This will pry anyone from their dream-like state. Will we see the growth and learning inherent in the trial or will we rail and scream against God that it’s not fair. And it isn’t fair. No one said it would be. Will the question be: “Why me?” or “What’s next?” The answer depends on the question.
Will we have the spiritual maturity to gracefully bear our burdens? These are tough questions. Some days will be better than others. May we all have the perspective to see the big picture, and soldier through the hard days.
The many disappointments we experience lead us to ask why; the job offer that didn’t materialize, the call that didn’t come, the lost opportunities, the dreams that disappeared, our fragile faith. Perhaps we’re underwhelmed and need an outlet in which to devote our time and talents.
Nothing’s on the horizon for now. We wait. The message could be in the waiting. Or is the overwhelm so great, it’s impossible to go on? Maybe there’s a more authentic way to live? That could be the message…
Oh the ways we suffer: The wayward child we haven’t seen in years, the marriage that was destined to never die, the addiction that enslaves, the children we never bore, the chronic loneliness, regret and heartache. On and on it goes. Is it possible to be gracious amidst the deprivation? Only in hindsight will we see the purpose in our pain, the unexpected lessons in the storm.
The Gifts That Come From Listening
Are you getting the message your call is conveying? I hope so. I hope I am too. Some days I think I am, other days I falter. We all do. Wakeup calls come bearing gifts. Here are some:
- More intentionality in our commitments
- A greater respect for time and how it’s spent
- Gratitude for everything
- Increased awareness and authenticity
- The ability to let things go
- A healthy relationship to time and how we spend it
- The ability to see the big picture
- An enhanced ability to see what’s really important and to prioritize effectively
- Renewed strength and resolve to overcome and endure
- Reliance on God and a desire to develop spiritual gifts
- A greater ability to go with the flow without having to be in control
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Where Will The Curve In Your Bend Take You?
Where will the curve in your bend take you, and will you let it lead you? You could end up on a new career path, or in a location you love, or a truly authentic relationship. New vistas and horizons may be the direct result of the alarms going off around you, nudging you into a new and larger life.
The bell could be beckoning you to believe in yourself when before you didn’t dare. Now you have the courage and strength to take control of your life. Maybe you’ll ditch the stories you tell yourself about yourself. What a relief that would be. You would never have done it had you not been forced.
What Am I Meant To Learn?
What do we learn from our shaky foundations? Greater humility, more gratitude, stronger endurance, enhanced perspective, renewed hope, firmer faith, deeper empathy, heightened compassion, tougher resiliency, and an abiding patience. Maybe we learn a new way of being in the world, a new way of interacting with others, a softer heart.
I love Anne Morrow Lindberg’s “Gift From The Sea.” A tale of tragedy and strength, Lindberg uses the sea as a metaphor for the turbulent times none of us escape, but are significant, nonetheless. The sea shells she so lovingly describe represent each stage of our lives and the lessons contained within.
Throughout the book, insights into human nature are uncovered and discussed, not only our relationships with each other, but to ourselves. Lindberg underscores that what we all truly desire and crave is peace and serenity.
Change is good. Change is scary. Embrace whatever new horizons come your way. You may be led down some forgotten lane you never dreamed you’d travel.
Be open and willing to follow. Circumstances are most likely unfolding just as they should. Embrace your unraveling.
Does change scare you? I’d love to hear your perspective. Let me know in the comments:)