I’m not a morning person at all. I try my best to stay in my warm bed until the last minute, in fact I have to set my alarm about an hour before I actually get up and sometimes get my flatmate to tell me how much I’ve got to do that day just to motivate me enough to roll out of bed. Morning’s are a very much unloved part of the day in my household.
Psalm 143: 8 says “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
My mentor recently challenged me about whether I start my day with Jesus, and I had to be honest and say no. Whilst I’m still in the waking up process I check my phone, I check my social media; Jesus isn’t what I’m thinking about. I’m 22, isn’t that what most young adults do? But it was a challenge, am I thinking about Jesus and being thankful for Him and all he’s done before 10am; most of the time, no. But surely I should be thanking him for the sleep that I’ve had, (or praying tomorrow’s night sleep is better), surely I should be asking Him to be in the day I have to come. My mentor suggested that when I brush my teeth to spend some time in prayer, this mean’s that every morning without fail, I will be putting God central to my day. I want my mornings to be what this Psalm says, to bring me word of His unfailing love, for Him to show me the way through the day, and for Him to know that He is my priority, I want my life to revolve around God, I want Him to be control, not me.
Jesus set this example for us to, in Mark 1: 35 it talks of Jesus’ morning, where He went and spent time with His Dad. “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” I’m not someone who is insisting that morning prayer is essential, and not everyone is a morning person, I will never be! But a morning is a beginning, and I for one, want to begin with my Heavenly Dad.
I want to begin my day in God’s presence. Isn’t that the best place? Are you with me?
A song that has spoken to me recently is “Your Presence is Heaven to me” and especially this live version by Darlene Zschech and Israel Houghton… check it out here:
God’s presence is just that, heaven, and I battle with the question why wouldn’t I want to start my day in His presence, connecting with the Heavenly Realms?
It’s an ongoing challenge, keep asking me how my teeth brushing is going! But it’s a challenge I’m desperate to pursue. I want to start my day with Jesus, nothing else but Him.