"Now Peter & his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the 2 men who stood with him."
Jesus takes his 3 closest disciples (friends!) up on the mountain to pray. Evidently they were praying a long time so they got sleepy (or maybe they get sleepy when praying, like I do!?!). That happens, right? That's completely understandable. However, that's not where the story ends. They don't take a nap & call it a day. No. Luke tells us "but since they had stayed awake..." They fought through the sleepiness. And as a result, they saw Jesus' transformation (along with Moses & Elijah!).
I know about sleeping during prayer times. I also know about fighting to try and stay awake - especially driving long distances (like coming back home to Palmdale from being "down below"). Sometimes we are indeed "weighed down with sleep," but it's not a good time to be sleeping (like when we're supposed to be driving!). The easy response is to go with it and sleep - but we might miss something God has for us.
I don't want to sleep through "God moments" here at Palmdale. I want to be open, alert, and attentive to the movement of God. How do I do that? Well, for starters, get sleep when I'm supposed to be sleeping, so I can stay alert when I need to be alert! That will account for physical sleepiness. What about spiritual sleepiness? I know that I need to make the effort to do my personal devotional times each day, so I can be alert to what God might be saying to me through the Scriptures (and throughout my day).
PRAYER: Help me make YOU a part of every day of my life, LORD... so I don't miss a moment of what you have for me. AMEN.