Monday, June 23, 2014

"Did I Wake You?"

This morning, at about 8:15, as I was getting in my truck to come to the church office, my phone rang. I answered it and the person on the other end - a dear friend and brother in Christ - said, "Did I wake you?"

I get this pretty often, and I'm not sure why. At almost any time of the day I will get calls from my church members who will start the conversation by saying, "Did I wake you?"

Is it because they were afraid of waking me up?
Is it because I sound groggy?
Is there something about my voice?

I am an early riser. Since I was in junior high school (many many years ago) I have usually set my alarm for 5:00 AM. I rarely sleep in, but sometimes I get up even earlier. By 8:00 AM I have been active - exercising, reading, writing, praying, etc. - for just about three hours. (I most definitely have had at least one big cup of coffee.)

Of all the hours of the day, I love the early morning hours the best... the dawning sun, the bird songs, the fewer interruptions.

"Did I wake you?" What, at 8:00 or 9:00 or 10:00 or 11:00?! Not likely!

Why would people think they woke me up? I worry that they think I'm lazy and I sleep in until noon everyday. Maybe they get up early, but they think everybody else sleeps in late. Maybe they think pastors are especially likely to sleep in late. Maybe they just think that I personally am the type of person who sleeps in late.

I don't know, but it does make me nervous!