Wow, is night time over already?
Do I really have to go walking this morning?
How can I get my kids to do their chores?
I can’t believe he said that yesterday.
Eyes still half closed, I grope down the hall to the kitchen and the possibility of coffee. The voices of the world are already sneaking up on me: yesterday’s to-do list half undone, my dentist appointment in the afternoon. Why is it that these thoughts come crowding in all by themselves, yet it takes a decision of the will to open myself to God’s thoughts?
Have you ever noticed how your first thoughts in the morning set the tone for your day? You carry them with you. That’s why you need God and His word to renew your mind every morning. God’s voice seems somehow quieter, harder to hear than the world’s voice, but it carries power. He says,
You are not alone.
Do not fear, for I am with you.
I will strengthen you and help you
I am in control. I have a plan for you.
I love you.
Psalm 118 says, “And when I wake up, you are still with me!” God’s already there waiting for me when I wake up, so how do I open myself up to hear His gentle, quiet voice?
On her blog, A Holy Experience, Ann Voskamp suggests a beautiful way to start the day: reciting memorized scripture as you get up out of bed. I’m just not there yet. My brain can’t focus enough to repeat verses I’ve memorized on the slow walk to the kitchen. Instead I’m thinking about our worn out living room chairs and wondering if there’s any coffee left in the freezer.
So I’ve made a smaller, baby step decision. When I wake up, before getting out of bed, I say good morning to God. I whisper, “Good morning, God. Fill me with your Holy Spirit today. Empower me to live for you.” I want to start my day by saying, “I’m here God.”
C.S. Lewis says that when you wake up “all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them back; in listening to the other voice.”
Can you relate?