I experienced a special miracle during the annual ASI Convention last week in the U.S. state of Arizona.
A prayer session was held at 6:15 a.m. before the daily morning devotional during the four-day event organized by ASI, or Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries, in Phoenix. Most of my friends know that I am more of a night owl than a morning person, especially at an event like ASI, when we are up late visiting at night in the exhibition hall. However, I felt impressed that I needed to make it to the morning prayer sessions.
Unfortunately, I missed the first morning. But as I went to bed that night, even though it was already a bit after midnight, I asked God to help me to get up in a few hours if He wanted me to attend the morning prayer time the next day. As I prayed, I set my alarm for 5:45 a.m.
The alarm rang, and I turned it off. Exhausted, I lay in bed for a moment or two, thinking about how nice a few extra minutes of sleep would be. Then I asked God if I should get more rest or get up. I asked for a sign. Then I chided myself because what kind of sign could He possibly give?
I became drowsy and was starting to drift off to sleep when suddenly the alarm went off again. What? I picked up my phone to turn it off, and the display showed 5:45 a.m. Huh? That was strange. Why did it go off the first time?
I checked the phone, and only one alarm was set for 5:45. Was I dreaming? Was the first alarm actually my roommate’s?
Later I learned that my roommate had also heard my alarm go off twice.
Realizing that this must be the sign I had prayed for, I got in the shower and dashed off to the convention center. My hair was completely undone and still wet, but I was determined to be part of the prayer time.
At the prayer time, I found out why God had given me the extra nudge to attend. I was so incredibly blessed as I listened to expressions of praise and repentance of sin. We also prayed for one another and asked God to help us to surrender to His will. I needed that prayer time so much.
I praise the Lord that He showed me once again how much He wants me to spend time talking with Him. What amazes me is He knew I would ask for a sign and prompted the early alarm, even before I asked for confirmation that He truly wanted me to get up.
The Bible says, “I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find me” (Prov. 8:17). Let’s ask the Lord to help us wake up and spend time with Him each morning.
Esther Doss, a native of the U.S. state of Arkansas, works with Three Angel’s Deaf Ministries.
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