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I once had a scary case of sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is when a person temporarily experiences an inability to move immediately after waking up. If this has never happened to you, I hope it never does. Here’s what happened to me:

The past few weeks had been the most stressful of my entire graduate school tenure, and I still had more projects ahead of me. One morning, I woke up and reached for the lamp on my bedside table as I usually do. Then terror struck. As I reached out for the light, I was unable to move. I continued to reach for the lamp, but it felt that every muscle in my body was being held down by a force that I could not see, and I was terrified! I was afraid I had somehow become paralyzed and would remain frozen for the rest of my life. Tears streamed down my cheek, and I remember that in my head, I said the only prayer I could think of at that time, “Jesus, save me!” Immediately, my muscles relaxed, and I was able to move.

Getting My Attention

Now, I am a scientist by training. I know what sleep paralysis is, and I can explain away that experience. I know I will most likely experience sleep paralysis when I am stressed, sleep-deprived, and have had too much caffeine. But there was something about that experience that I couldn’t shake. Despite my busyness at that time, I was avoiding a very important project (my dissertation) that would mean the difference between me graduating or staying behind. I knew that God wanted me to get my work done, but I wanted to stay where I was comfortable. That morning, God found a way to finally get my attention.

Has God been trying to get your attention recently? Maybe it’s time to start listening.

“I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways” (Psalm 85:8, NLT).

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Jael Amador writes from New York.

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Jael Amador

writes from New York, New York.

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