I’m Up

It's 2:12am.

I'm up.

Up because the biggest lightning bolt

the finger of God

struck near our house about 5 minutes ago.

It made my heart race.

It made me sit up straight.

It set off kid toys upstairs.

It made me check on the kids.

It made me wonder if it hit the house.

Now I'm up.

And all I can do

is think


That I'll have a hard time going back to sleep

about lots of things

about the graciousness of God's people yesterday…um…2 days ago now.

How tired I am

How I have class in 6 hours

How I wish I was a better sleeper

How I look forward to knowing what's next

And then I remember the loud and brilliant reminder

I got about 5 minutes ago…or 7 minutes ago

That God is…


in control.

And to fear Him

is the beginning of wisdom

And to trust Him

is the beginning of rest

through the storm

Thank you, Lord

for that simple reminder

of what is most true

and most real.


Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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4 thoughts on “I’m Up

  1. Tim,
    Glad to know you are still blogging.
    We all have times when we ask “okay God, what’s next?”. He is going to get you through the storm. Just hang on with everything you have.

  2. Yeah, dude!
    You’re living it… and that is a good thing.
    Much peace.
    Some rest.
    The sun will rise.

  3. Timmy,
    Beautiful post. I was up at 2:20 too! But no thunderstorms over here. Just thinking, thinking thinking. 🙂 May our Lord continue to grant you and Em perfect peace. We love you.

  4. Great poem and post here Tim. Thunder storms are true reminders of God’s power and grace.
    I’ve heard you preach 3 times now in various venues (on a CD from Pepperdine Lectureship a few years ago; in person at HOCC Christmas Eve service, and on the web when you put a post on “who ever isn’t against us is for us”. all very good!).
    Do you know of church planting opportunities in Northern California? What places in that region are in the most need of church plants? God bless you and your family. Grace and Peace.