The Watches of the Night
I’m on the road again and it’s late. I have been swamped all day and it is just now that I am sitting down to write. So you can expect a short post this evening. The thing that seems to be on my mind is that many of my accounts are going through some confusing times. There are issues of financial ratios and liquidity. Other companies are thinking about sales and how they put their best foot forward in the market. Still others are contemplating hyper growth and need to assemble appropriate teams to make the grade.
And there are the lessons I learned at the Leadership Summit last week. One in particular centers around how organizations go through several stages. On one hand, they try to enhance performance through incremental improvements, but realize that true growth only happens through innovation. Generally, the people who specialize in innovation are different from those who work in continuous improvement. Therein lies the rub. How do you improve performance while expecting the organization to innovate at the same time. And I find myself thinking about all this in the middle of the night. I just can’t seem to get the model right in my mind. But please don’t get stuck on the model. That’s not what this evening is all about.
Lately, my best time with God has been when I am alone or during the evening. I crave a little peaceful time with the Father. There are just a whole lot of issues that need God’s guiding hand on my shoulder. At the cafeteria each week, we pray before our meetings and I don’t know that I have ever felt as strong a need for prayer as I did today – even though it was still in the middle of the day. And people are hurting – everywhere. I just don’t know how to resolve all the issues that people are facing. The best thing is to let go and let God do His thing. That’s where God’s quiet voice in the middle of the night comes in. I count on it – to be in the center of His will and to be quieted by Him.
So let’s cut to the chase. The verse for this evening is from one of my favorite psalms – Psalm 63: 6, “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” So simple and yet so powerful. And how I need that kind of quiet time with God. Apparently, so did David, the author of Psalm 63. My encouragement this evening is for you to make sure that you spend adequate time with God – not only in His word, but with Him in relationship. My prayer is that you will be richly rewarded by spending time with the Savior of the world. I know I have! Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…