By guest Vicky Mitchell
I rolled over and looked at the clock. 4:00 AM. God, why can’t I sleep through the night like a normal person? I hate being awake while everyone else is sleeping but it was even worse on this occasion. I was at a prayer retreat that was designed to teach successful methods of spiritual warfare and I’d had a pretty frightening nightmare the evening before. Now I longed for a peaceful night’s rest. God, can’t you just make me go back to sleep? I wrestled with my guilt for doubting him. I prayed. I listened to music. With a mind still troubled, I eventually fell asleep. The next morning, after a particularly intense time of prayer I went for a walk. I sensed God was answering my prayers as He revealed some astounding truths to me. I carried my cell phone in my pocket. It had been useless except as a timepiece in this rural area of Illinois. For several days now it had read “NO SERVICE”. Using it required a six mile drive into town, and only if I sat in the Casey’s parking lot, did I have enough bars to complete a call. This particular morning, as I walked down my friend’s driveway, praying, I heard the familiar burrink! of the text message notifier. That can’t be right, I thought. I don’t have service! I pulled the phone out of my pocket and there it was. A text from my BFF. It had not come through until now, but several hours earlier she’d sent bible verses meant to encourage me. She explained that God had roused her from bed at 4 AM! She’d felt compelled to pray for me and send the verses (Eph. 1:17, 3:16)! Through the watches of the night, He was faithful. And this dear, sweet sister had been up with me, blanketing me with prayer. With trembling fingers, I answered her text and praised my God. With joy in my heart I returned to the house to share this miracle with my friends! I looked down at my phone one last time just as its screen flickered, then once again displayed the now familiar message, “NO SERVICE”.