“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
Psalms 5:3 NLT
Morning time is a great time to talk to God. The day is fresh and the noise of life is minimal. The rest from the night has rejuvenated the body and the mind is fresh as well. Opportunity rises like the morning sun. We can squander it by rushing into the rat race of daily living or we can seize the moment as a time of fueling our spiritual man at the filling station of the Almighty! Many of us rise to the start of a new day with the routine of getting dressed physically and heading into the fray. A cup of coffee, a glass of milk (or something else that’s preferential), and something to feed our appetite for breakfast and we are on our way. Some don’t even make the bed or do any other chores before they rush out the door. Others have a discipline of certain accomplishments before the day begins. If you have children, the challenges are higher. Preparing breakfast, packing lunches for school, getting them out of bed, making sure they are dressed and ready for school, catching the bus, or heading out to drop them off is a daily challenge. I’ve been there! Traffic is always heavy (unless you are the early bird) and each day has its own unique challenges.
If you home school, things are similar but also a bit different. Either way, the day presents its challenges and responsibilities. Life, sometimes, can get monotonous and drown us in its tasks. Jumping into the fray of each day without the spiritual nourishment of God’s Word and the calming assurance of His presence can take its toll and we can easily lose our way. Without realizing it, our lives are being eroded by our devotion to the tasks rather than to God.
When we view every day as another opportunity to work as a servant of God and we embrace every responsibility as an assignment from Him, we can face it with the knowledge that there is a greater purpose at work. Our toil isn’t mundane and menial, it is marvelous and miraculous. None of us can keep our hearts beating in our chest, manufacture the air we breathe, or cook up the health we need to live this life. All of this is from the hand of God! Shouldn’t we be living life beneath this very recognition?
Are you? Have you taken time to quiet your noisy world and spend time with the Master? Turn off the radio, get your nose out of your social media, get off the game on your phone, turn off the T.V., and get quiet for a bit. Take the time to do what’s best and God will help you take care of the rest!
Curtis R. Norris
Rev. Curtis Norris