I woke up one night a few weeks ago and looked at the cable box on my dresser and noticed it was 11:11 pm. I always get excited when i see double digits on digital clocks because when I was a child I believed it was a sign of good luck. Years ago, when the effects of cancer took it’s toll the health of one of my college classmates, she posted an unforgettable Facebook status requesting that we always think of her anytime we see double digits on a clock after she passes away. This time was different. I couldn’t figure out why though. I thought of her but there seemed to be something more to me seeing it. I eventually went back to sleep and woke up what felt like hours later, but the digital box still read 11:11. I looked at my phone, which I try to avoid doing in the middle of night and I realized, not only was it not 11:11, it was 50 minutes pass the time that I usually wake up. I was frustrated and frazzled because i just purchased a new service and this cable box was brand new. How could it be broken? Before I left home, I noticed the cable box now reflected the correct time. Weird. I carried on the remainder of my morning rushing to prep myself for work and the kids for daycare. I was prepared to sit in traffic and was convinced that I would be extremely late for work. I was surprised when I reached the interstate and saw that there was no traffic which led to me dropping the girls off and arriving to work 15 minutes earlier than I normally do on a day when I wake up and leave the house on time. Wow! I happened to pick up my phone saw the number sequence of 11:11 again! How is that possible?
“11:11” stayed with me throughout the day, so I decided to research the spiritual meaning of numbers later that night once my house was quiet. I learned that “11:11” can mean many things depending on where you are in life. The meaning that meant the most to me stated that 11:11 is a sign that we should pay very close attention to our thoughts and set an intention of what we want to create in our lives. Once we set an intention, we must then write it down (be specific) in a positive tone and work towards making it happen; recite it often and post it where you can see it often. From a biblical standpoint, this is aligned with Habakkuk 2:2, which in a nutshell reads, “Write your vision and make it plain; write it so clearly that it can be read at a glance”. I now view 11:11 as a call for action! Your thoughts and feelings are what will guide you into the action that you need to take. If all you can think or feel negative thoughts about yourself or others; the actions you take will be negative. If you are genuinely happy and true to yourself and you support others, all of the good energy you put out will boomerang. When you see someone living the life you aspire or fulfilling the dream that they worked hard for; why would you knock them? Why would you not congratulate them or be happy for them, so they they in turn can build you up or give you tips on your journey?
The time is now to stop thinking what you want will be easy and will appear overnight. Now is the time to stop beating yourself up about a decision you wish you would have made; instead, redirect your thoughts and ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?”, “What good can come out of this, if any?” Once you become centered and you write down your vision; walk boldly and do not allow others to validate your dream or your vision. God put it on your heart, you were given that dream or vision as a gift. What will you do with it? Are you prepared for the challenges? Will you mount up or shrink away?