Wednesday, September 2, 2009

3:00 A.M.

I have no idea why this normally sound sleeper awoke at 3:00 A.M. with my blog and this verse on my mind. But just in case, I thought I'd share.

This summer I read the book of Daniel. I had read it before, but for some reason it touched me in a new way this summer. The first half of the book contains many familiar stories like Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego and Daniel in the lion's den. But the second half is mostly prophecy that Daniel receives from a "messenger of the Lord."

I was struck by these verses from chapter 10, after Daniel sees this messenger and is blown away by his appearance.

"And the man said to me, 'Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. . . .'" (v. 11, NLT)

"'Don't be afraid,' he said, 'for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!'" (v. 19, NLT)

These verses have stayed with me all summer, and I just thought I should share them with you today.

You are very precious to God.


  1. It's interesting that you wrote that today. I'm reading Max Lucado's latest book, Fearless, and last night I read the chapter about fear of not mattering.

    I would not want to be responsible for you being awake at 3 am, but I'm glad to have this reminder today. :)

  2. Thanks, Shelly!
    BTW, I woke up at 3 am this morning as well...however, I just got up and watched Without a Trace!

  3. Wonder why 3 a.m. is such a common time for middle agers to wake up........

    Thanks for sharing Shelly. I needed to hear that too.

  4. Hmmm. 3 a.m. does seem to be a common theme here, doesn't it? Weird.

  5. Thank you. This was a huge encouragement to me today. :)

  6. My sister read "The Shack" this summer and has wanted to talk about it. Alot. Which is totally cool, because she doesn't know Jesus. Yet. The 2 things she has mentioned repeatedly is that the main character referred to God as "Papa" - such an intimate name. Then she was struck by Papa's words to his child(ren), "I am especially fond of you." He IS saying that!!