“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
[Ephesians 5:14]

It’s another one of those nights… where I should be fast asleep, but instead the laundry list of to-do items has beckoned me to stay awake and has taken my attention.

Lately I’ve found myself in a cold, dreary, and all-too-gray season numb to the day-to-day. Usually my faith is vibrant and alluring, but not always. Not lately. I’m human after all. The ebb and flow of life has a way of slowly picking away at my soul every now and then, and in response I’ve put myself on auto-pilot waiting for what’s coming next in my life, not living each day to the absolute fullest the way I usually do.

And so, as I was in between mundane chores — scrubbing and bleaching my tub, starting the dishwasher, and boxing up an Amazon return — feeling ready to collapse, God walked right in to my busyness and demanded my attention.

After all, these are the very sort of moments God seems to love to use the most in my life. Just when I think my plate is too full, my mind too tired to taken anything else in, He reminds me He’s so much bigger than all the small things I let burden me. And then He speaks to me.

Tonight, as He often does, it was through a song. Jeremy Riddle of Bethel Music’s Fall Afresh.

And then the song played… “Awaken my soul, come awake.” It was as if God was calling me to wake up from this slumber-like state I’ve been in. To begin to take in all the beauty that surrounds me, and to feel alive once again.

“Spirit of the living God come fall afresh on me. Come wake me from my sleep.” Well no wonder I was NOT sleeping at near-4 a.m. God needed to refresh me in a way that sleep couldn’t dare compare.

Listening to the song, on repeat several times after that, I realized it was a sort of springtime God used to bring my soul out of hibernation. As moments passed by, passion flooded my heart once again, overflowing into my life. Worship in the form of powerful lyrics combined with a soul-stirring melody was just the catalyst I needed.

Tonight I share a song of worship God used to speak directly to my soul, pulling me out of the desert and into life-giving waters. Demanding I stop moving through the days, and start living once again. I needed God to awaken my heart’s emotion — my hunger, my thirst, and my curiosity — as I go through this terribly long season of waiting and growth.

And so “Awaken” has become my prayer this week. It’s made me reflect on all the times I have felt ordinary, insignificant, or dull. Through it all God has reminded me that only He can peel back those layers and revive me still.

I pray “awaken” is a prayer blessing to you too, and that God’s Spirit falls afresh on your heart, waking you from your soul’s sleep just as I’m awakening from mine.

It’s time to wake up our souls.
-E

*Do you have a song of worship that’s speaking to you right now? Share in the comments and it just might show up in my first edition of Worship Wednesday. 

Below is the song and the full lyrics:

Awaken my soul, come awake
To hunger, to seek, to thirst
Awaken first love, come awake
And do as you did, at first

Spirit of the living God come fall afresh on me
Come wake me from my sleep
Blow through the caverns of my soul, pour in me to overflow
To overflow

Awaken my soul, come awake
To worship with all your strength

Spirit of the living God come fall afresh on me
Come wake me from my sleep
Blow through the caverns of my soul, pour in me to overflow

Come and fill this place
Let Your glory now invade
Spirit come and fill this place
Let Your glory now invade

Spirit of the living God come fall afresh on me
Come wake me from my sleep
Blow through the caverns of my soul, pour in me to overflow
To overflow