Breaking Through the Shadows

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THE WAKE-UP CALL!

It was a beautiful spring Sunday morning in Leesburg, Virginia, when the warm sunrays tenderly rested upon my face and softly awakened me. While comfortably lying in bed in my hotel room, I reviewed in my mind the laborious and burdensome tasks ahead for the day. Then I quickly glanced at the clock and remembered that I had to call my husband, Bill, at home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to be sure he was awake and getting dress to go to church.

Immediately after hanging up the telephone, I thought again about what was ahead for the day. I looked over at my daughter, Candace, who had just completed her junior year in college. She was still sound asleep while I was thinking about how we were going to move all her belongings from her apartment into storage for the summer.

The more I thought about what was ahead for the day, the more I began to feel tired before getting started because I knew this was going to be a labor intensive workout. Lying there in bed, I contemplated, "It seems I am always the parent who takes Candace to college in the fall, and the one who packs here up and brings her home in the spring. I always end up doing whatever is needed for the family -- my husband Bill, our son William, and our daughter Candace. It seems that my life has revolved around being the supportive encourager for my family."

As I pondered for a moment that morning, I seriously had reached a cruciaal turning point. It was as though there was an unusual wake-up call intended precisely for me to wake-up and reflect on my life's unfilled hopes, dreams, aspirations and desires. I felt like this wake-up call was like a last call or last chance. My stomach quivered as something inside me became awakened as never before. Yes, there were times I was almost on the brink of pursuing some of my hopes and dreams, but I had always turned my attention and focus to my husband or children. I had always wanted to help my husband and children because I believed (and still do believe) that it was the right thing to do as a wife and mother. Also, this was the model my mother had lived, so I continued to do the same.

As I reflect on that Sunday morning, I realize that when I think of the term wake-up call, I am reminded of hotel services where hotel guests receive wake-up calls at a designated time. Whenever I do request a wake-up call when staying in a hotel, I really depended on receiving the wake-up call. I am never surprised by the call, because I have requested it in advance. This kind of wake-up call is quite different from a wake-up call from God. We do not schedule wake-up calls from God; He does the scheduling. This is one of the wonders of the almighty works of God. He knows in advance when we need a wake-up call. God uses different types of wake-up calls -- the Holy Spirit, prophets, ordinary people and situations, to wake us up out of the shadows of uncertainty, and at times out of disaster. He prompts and even urge our attention into the right path or direction.

So, while getting dressed for the day that Sunday morning, my mind was preoccupied with thinking more and more about my life. There have been times I have reviewed in my mind different aspects about my life, but that Sunday was definitely different -- it was my wake-up call. Somehow, the will to go beyond the boundaries that I had never gone beyond before seemed attainable. There appeared to have been a positive force going through my mind saying, "You can do it, you should do it, you have to pursue it, you must move forward, you've got something else inside you that is screaming to ge out." The feeling was so intense it was like a shrill sound yelling, "I've got to get out." It almost felt like something was trying to break through my body.

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