The Day Mickey Mouse Lost His Ears

Learning to Listen for the Alarm Before the Alarm!

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?

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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.

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9 thoughts on “The Day Mickey Mouse Lost His Ears

  1. I rarely set my alarm clock. If I’m not waiting up naturally to do my morning devotional time, listening and speaking with God, then I’m not going to bed early enough. Even when I do set my alarm clock I tend to wake up before it goes off. Of course being a more mature male means I’m normally up to use the rest room anyway. Thank-you for your messages Ken Davis.

  2. I beat the daylights out of my snooze alarm, to the point that my wife gently pushes me out of the bed and tells me to turn that stupid thing off.

    Fortunately, I do take heed to God’s soft whisper guiding me to do the right things. I don’t always do the right things, but God has been there for me always.

  3. for many weeks God keeps reminding me to listen to his whispers. here is yet another example. i forget quickly, but God keeps reminding me.
    i am not a morning person.
    i am also not an evening person.
    my time with God is in the a afternoon when i am able to listen the best. the whole point is listening.