The Day Mickey Mouse Lost His Ears

clockYou are sound asleep. I’m talking about a rip snorting, pillow-drooling, dead-to-the-world sleep. Your alarm clock is set to go off at 5 a.m. At precisely 4:59, the clock makes a little pre alarm click sound and your eyes fly wide open.

Why does it do this? Maybe the alarm has its own alarm to wake it up so it can wake us up! All I know is that a few seconds before the alarm goes off, it makes that click sound in joyful anticipation of destroying your rest.

That tiny noise makes you sit straight up in bed, wide awake and angry that the click robbed you of five full seconds of sleep. It’s no use going back to sleep because just as you doze off, the big alarm will go off. Does this sound familiar?

As a kid, I had a Mickey Mouse clock. Mickey’s ears were the alarm bells. One morning I swung my arm at the unbearable clatter and shut the alarm off permanently. Mickey’s ears were gone.

Today I prayed the the Lord would make my heart as acutely attuned to the still small click of his voice as my ear is to the pre alarm click. I want the wisdom to 
listen and the courage to respond in such a
 way that He doesn’t have to sound the big alarm.

“Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, 
for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly” 
(Psalm 85:8, ESV)

Am I the only one that hates alarms?

Has the tiny click of God’s voice ever saved you from harm or set your life in a new direction?[reminder]

Lighten-up-and-Live-smallThis post is adapted from Ken’s Devotional book Lighten up and Live! 90 Light-hearted Devotions to Brighten Your Day. A perfect way to start your morning. Get it here.