by Harriet E. Michael
Are you a morning person or a night one? I’m a morning person, so naturally this month’s theme of New Beginnings made me think of morning—the beginning of each new day. I love mornings, they always have a freshness to me as if they hold a secret promise of great things that might happen as the day unfolds.
Some years ago as I was researching and writing my book on prayer, I came across so many passages in the scripture where one Bible character or another rises early in the morning to do something God had called them to do that day, or to seek God in some way. Here are some examples, just to list a few:
Abraham rose early the day he planned to offer Isaac as a sacrifice according to Genesis 22:3. He rose early again the day after Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed and he hurried to a place where he could look down on the cities to see if they had been destroyed or not (Genesis 19:27-28).
Joshua rose early to travel to the Jordan before he crossed over (Joshua 3:1).
David rose early to obey his father Jesse and take supplies to his brothers in battle (1 Samuel 17:20).
God instructed Moses to rise early when he was to stand before Pharaoh and tell him to let God’s people go (Exodus 8:20).
… and on and on it goes. If you look for this pattern in the scripture, you will find it.
So, what’s the lesson here? Is this bad news for those of us who do not care so much for mornings and need a little time and maybe a cup of coffee before we can even begin to embrace the new day?
I don’t think so. I don’t think the Biblical point is to love mornings as much as it is to get on with whatever God has for you to do in life. In the Bible times, before electricity, if they were going to apply themselves in whatever action they felt God had asked of them, they’d better not waste any daylight; they’d better get on with it.
Today, doing what God has asked of you may require staying up late instead of rising early. But the point remains–embrace the day! Or rather, embrace what God is calling you to do, and get busy doing it, whether that means getting up early or sleeping late because you stayed up late the night before.
Me? I prefer getting up early. I love mornings. The scripture has a special blessing for mornings in Lamentations 3:22-23 which tells us that God’s mercies are new every morning, and his compassions never fail.
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