“Be ready in the morning to…present yourself to Me.”(Ex. 34:2 TLB)
The first shards of dawn’s light fell abruptly through the slits of the bedroom blinds and rudely awakened me. Before I was ready.
But I got up…quietly. And dressed.
Walking outside into the cool, dawn air, wrapping my fuzzy, blue blankey around me, I watched God make a morning.
As the horizon released the sun, soft wisps of yellow, amber, rose, coral, and tangerine mingled with the delicate blue sky, delighting my eyes.
A gentle brush of wind caressed my cheeks.
The fragrance of a multitude of blossoms gratified my nostrils.
The cooing of turtledoves gently infringed on the silence of the morning.
The blush of light filtered through the leaves of the towering birch trees, pooling on the ground as ethereal stepping stones, as if beckoning me into the Lord’s presence.
While the beauty of creation infused my soul with awe, the sweetness of His presence filled my heart with His peace and comfort and wrapped its warmth around me just like my fuzzy blankey. Then, He whispered a beckoning call, “Come humbly to Me in morning’s light.”
God’s morning mercies are new every day; they arrive with the appearance of sunrise. Each day is a fresh start. No carry-overs from the day before. Whatever we have endured in the dark of night, “The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.” (Lam. 3:22-23 GNT)
Each morning presents us with an empty vessel to be filled with our words, our thoughts, and our actions. What sets the standard for these is our attitude upon wakening. Each day should start with a positive and grateful attitude, for it will affect how we treat our children, our spouses, our friends, our neighbors, and even strangers.
Mothers need special attention in the morning, a special cup filling. And I don’t mean the caffeinated kind! I mean this kind…
Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord!Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more–Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!
Spending time with the Lord in the morning sets our day on the right course, and we receive our guidance, strength, and comfort to face whatever will come our way for the next 24 hours. David said, “Let me hear of Your unfailing love to me in the morning, for I am trusting You. Show me where to walk, for I have come to You in prayer.” (Ps. 143:8 NLT)
A bright new opportunity arises for each of us with every sunrise. What do we do with it?
Do we greet the Lord before we greet the day? Do we have a negative attitude as soon as our feet hit the floor?
Someone once said, “Blessed is the day whose morning is sanctified!”
Have you ever gotten up in the concluding hours of night just to watch God make a morning? To see the Master Artist paint the sky with His palette of glory? To allow His light to dawn upon your soul? To receive His guidance for the day? To take delight in your Beloved?
Get up early. Go humbly to Him and receive your morning mercies.