Can’t sleep. I’ve been awaken by the beeps. In my case the beeps of my husband and son’s pumps / blood sugar monitors for type 1 diabetes. Apparently the only people who hear the beeps are the people who don’t have the beeping mechanism attached to them.
The beeps start as just a vibrate. A gentle prompt to get your attention...a wide span between each vibrate, hopefully anticipating you are on it. Without response, the interval time between each notification decreases, though still just a silent vibrate. With no attention, the sound kicks in. A quick beep...gently spread out to not cause too much disruption; still hopeful a response will follow. With still no attention, the sound gets louder, longer, more consistent. Begging to be noticed and addressed. It’s for your own good after all!
Beep................ beep......... beep...... beep.... beep. BEEP! BEEP!!!!!!!!!!
Realizing they are not going to act, I reach over and shake my husband awake...and walk across the hall to shake my son awake. And finally, they check their machines and make the necessary corrections.
And I was thinking we all have beeps. These warnings from God when things are veering off track. They come in all forms and frequencies. Sometimes we are alert and grateful for the beeps, and switch course quickly. But most of the time we ignore our own beeps. We wait for someone else to care enough to do something (which is great in the moment, but does nothing for the long term), or we ignore the beeps and hope they go away (they don’t!), or we sadly don’t even hear them anymore because we have conditioned ourselves to ignore them.
So, friends...keep listening and responding to the beeps around you and give that shake when needed... there are so many...we ALL have stuff we are battling. But also become more attentive to your own beeps. Ask God to help you hear more clearly and respond more quickly.