March 10, 2017

In the Early Morning

"For this God is our God for ever and ever, 
He will be our guide even to the end."
Psalm 48:14

My feet hit the floor in the morning, and before they even do, I'm thinking ahead to the day and to all that needs to be done. All that I must get done. All the ways I must come through. 

My brain is in a fog and images of the crazy dream I woke with are still playing fresh in my mind. 

And that thing I went to bed with that was weighing heavy on my heart? That thing I couldn't shake before I fell asleep? It's back. Front and center. Clamoring for my attention.

Sometimes I wake up bright-eyed, full of faith, and ready for the day. I LOVE those mornings! But many mornings, I wake up dazed and confused with the sheer hope of just trying to make it to the coffeemaker.

I will myself out of bed, getting up at 5am on purpose (or sometime around then depending on how many times I've hit snooze) because I know it won't be any easier at 7am, and I know I need Jesus more than I need sleep. I'm lost if I don't start my day looking for him and asking him to fill me. To be my life and love. All that I need. More than enough. And He always shows up in those quiet, still, early morning hours as I draw near and invite him close, gather my thoughts, linger in prayer, and just sit for a bit while savoring my coffee and waiting for it to work its magic. 

Why are we so prone to live like life depends on us? Why do we start our days obsessing over all the ways we must come through, what we must accomplish, where we need to go, and who we need to care for, love, and rescue? I am not a machine, nor am I the CEO of the universe, of my family, or of anyone else. And I am most certainly, not the CEO of my day.

But I can easily live like I am, as if the world hangs in a balance and I hold its fragile thread.

"For this God is our God for ever and ever..."

Every day that the sun rises, He is right there. My God, at the edge of my bed helping me up. I see him smiling at me, humored by my drunken sleepiness, and honored by my faithful and sometimes faithless heart. He is my God, for ever and ever. Day to day. Moment by moment. I am not alone and it is not all up to me.

"He will be our guide even to the end..."

He offers his hand and invites me to come with him. He has much for me to know and experience, and He promises to be my eyes, my ears, my very heart and soul. He is my guide. My GPS. The best road map ever written. He is the breath in my lungs. The blood in my veins.

Again, I do not go it alone.

He pledges me his presence.

Every. Single. Step. 

Today.

Every. Single. Day. 

Even to the very end.

"Praise be to the Lord, Our God and Savior,
who DAILY bears our burdens."
Psalm 67:19


"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

Is this you on many mornings as well? Do you struggle with immediately and consciously believing and trusting that God is with you, guiding you into your day? I would love to hear how you find your way to the life He so freely offers. Is it prayer? Is it quiet? A good book? A passage of scripture? Or maybe it's all of that plus a good dance party in the kitchen with a coffee cup in hand? Do tell... 

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