When God Visits at Night
It had been a wonderful vacation in Florida, we were packed and ready to leave in the morning. Karen and my three sons were sleeping, but I woke up at 3 am and it felt like the middle of the day. There was no way I was going back to sleep. I leaned over, woke up Karen and suggested we get the boys in the car and I would drive until sunrise.
I was unaware that God had a “Divine Appointment” waiting for me.
This divine appointment warned me if God wakes you up in the middle of the night don’t roll over –
Lamentations 2:19 “Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord!”
God seems to visit many times at night personally or through angels.
- Gabriel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to marry Mary, the mother of Jesus;
- Angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem at night, announcing Jesus’ birth;
- The magi were divinely warned in a dream not to return to Herod after they had seen Jesus; and
- Peter was in prison, and the angel appeared to him at night and led him out of prison.
The list goes on with examples of Christ whispering for us to Go.
Have you ever been awake after hearing something, felt something, or something comes to you, in the middle of the night?
Reconcile with a family member and admit you were wrong.
Go to the neighbor and tell him you are sorry.
Apologize to a coworker.
Show compassion and forgiveness when you have been hurt.
Why is it that God seems to speak in the middle of the night? It could be that the noise of the world is too loud to hear Him. Why? Because all day long our inner voice is constantly talking.
Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still and know that I am in God…”
We loaded up the boys and headed for home in the middle of the night. As the morning sun began to rise a car sped by us going over 100mph and lost control. Before our eyes, it went airborne and flipped, throwing the passengers through the air, then coming to rest against a fence.
We pulled over, and I immediately reached for the trauma bag that I had thrown in the car at the last minute with all the instruments needed for such an accident. As my son and I ran through the grass assessing each young man ranging from sixteen to eighteen it was apparent they were seriously hurt.
The first young man had a severe fracture of his leg which I straightened and splinted temporarily as he also had a head injury and was struggling to breathe due to blood in his throat. I placed a tube in his throat to protect his airway and asked a nurse, who had stopped to help, to keep him still as the tube stabilized his breathing.
The next young man had literally been scalped when he hit the windshield. I gently felt his head, and there were no fractures, so we placed a dressing on his head to control bleeding.
The other passenger had a severe jaw fracture, but was stable as long as he sat up and leaned forward.
The driver was the luckiest and had no life-threatening injuries and was able to call the parents of the other boys. We called the helicopter to land at the scene, and they transported the young men to the nearest hospital.
It was obvious as we drove away the “Hand of God” was everywhere in this Divine appointment.
What if I had not gotten up exactly when I did? We would have been back in the traffic stopped for miles and never have seen the accident.
What if I had gotten up earlier? We would have been down the road and also missed the accident.
What if I hadn’t thrown in the trauma bag at the last minute? God had prepared me through my medical training in emergency medicine to do exactly what I had been trained to do.
What if the compassionate travelers had not stopped to help?
After returning home a few weeks later, the families of the young men called to thank me for helping and they were doing well. I reassured each one it was divine intervention and God had great plans for those boys. He put me in the right place at the right time to do what I was trained to do every day at work in the ER.
Was this a coincidence? I think not.
God wants to include you in what He is doing. He wants to tell you something special and spend time with you. We just have to hear Him.
Don’t let the noise of the world drown out His voice and look for divine appointments.
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For His Glory,
Dr. Tom is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician in the USA with over 25 years of experience and an ordained minister at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky. His true passion is world missions and he and his wife Karen are the founders of Teach To Transform, an organization that exists to equip partners around the world with medical and vocational skills they can use to share the gospel of Christ. You can subscribe to Dr. Tom’s weekly blog, Divine Appointments, to read more stories and learn more about the mission of Teach To Transform.