Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Gentle Tap

Weekday mornings were always a struggle for Joel and me to greet with great enthusiasm. We brought this dilemma upon ourselves, as we typically stayed up entirely too late the night before doing projects in our new home, unpacking (yes…I’m still doing so after six months), or watching whatever TV series we were into at the time on Netflix. Whatever the reason, we became “Night Owls”, by default which led to early morning wake-up struggles.

Joel was not a fan of the snooze button. He didn’t want to become a slave to it, so he always turned his alarm off as soon as it went off the first time and then began the “chore” of waking me up. Now…don’t get me wrong…I’m fully capable of waking up (with an alarm) on my own, but I also knew my hubby was right beside me, and it was a lot more fun being awakened by him each morning than that obnoxious noise coming from my phone.

He would begin by simply moving in closer to me and maybe put his arm around me. That always woke me up, but it certainly didn’t give me the desire to get up (although I didn’t tell him that)…it made me want to snuggle in all that much deeper and lay there for as long as I could.

If that didn’t cause me to get up (and, it rarely did), he would start gently tapping me on my shoulder. Depending on my response, the gentle taps might lead to firmer taps which would ultimately lead to annoying back-to-back taps. If I ever got to that point, I knew I pushed the limit a bit too far and better put some speed to my movements and get going. But, he never yelled at me or pushed me to get up…aways gentle. The price was always mine to pay if I chose to wait to the zero hour to actually start getting ready, but in hindsight, I can say it was always 100% worth it, because I never realized how soon I’d lose him and that precious morning ritual. I’d do almost anything to get that back and Joel, too, of course.

You can only imagine my surprise yesterday morning. My alarm went off, and I pushed snooze. I knew I had one snooze built into my time before I had to go unlock the kitchen door to let my morning helper in to come get the kids ready for school. Suddenly, I felt that gentle tapping on my shoulder. It literally took my breath away. I whispered, “Joel?” Of course, no response. I turned to look to see if Austyn was awake, and he was sound asleep with his hands nowhere near my back or shoulder.

I just had to smile. Somehow…God gave me that gift yesterday morning. The tap on my shoulder. My wake up call. It may have been totally in my mind, but He allowed what was in my mind to manifest itself in the physical, and made Joel feel so near again. Oh how I needed that gentle tap yesterday morning. Thank you Father for being in the details!

#HeIsStillGood

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  1. Sweet Leah, I am so glad you shared this! I had a similar experience about 6 months after Buck went home! I also referred to this as my wake up calls. I had fallen into a very bad pattern of staying up until 3 a.m. or later and sleeping till noon. My wake up calls came 4 or 5 times, always at 9 a.m. On the dot! My pastor said it might have been angels. I received them as messengers from God to encourage me to get back to living, not just surviving. The last visit was extra special because it came with Buck’s voice. I’ll never forget it! He said, “Good morning, Girfren”!

    I know exactly how this made you feel! So comforting! I purposely didn’t open my eyes, but just savored that most precious gift from our heavenly Daddy! I am thrilled to know that you too, experienced such a personalized gift from His heart! He is with you and me! You are going to be okay because you are leaning on Him! He will bring good from this, though it is so hard to see now. He will carry you through this painful season just like He did before! Thank you for sharing your journey again! You are a blessing and encouragement to many! Keep hanging onto Him. Love, prayers and hugs, Reneé Turek💙

    • Leah Stirewalt says:

      Thank you so much for sharing that Renee! I LOVE it, and it makes my heart sing! God is so into the details and knows exactly what we need when we need it! <3

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