“There are two ways of waking up in the morning. One is to say “Good morning, God” and the other is to say “Good God, morning!” But God always answers has an encouraging response, “Good morning…this is God and I will be handling all your problems today — so enjoy the day!”
Dawn is the birth of a new day and a wonderful opportunity to enter into a time with our Creator. The darkness of night begins to lift and light opens us up to the world once again. Morning is an opportunity to enter into a few minutes of freshness and vibrancy to face another day. In her book, Inviting God In, Joyce Rupp writes: “The author of the psalms understood the special spiritual moment of the dawn of each day and was in touch with the human condition. She reminds us that many of the psalms refer to the morning as a time of blessing, an awakening to the graciousness of God, a restoration of hope, and an opportunity to realize again how blessed we are to have the gift of life.” Her statement invites us to ask the question: Do we look at each new day as a time to appreciate our lives and thank God for the generous gift of life that we are given each day? Anthony Bloom gives another perspective on greeting a new day by presenting us with this motivation: “Today is blessed by God; it is God’s own and now God begs us go into it. We walk into this day as God’s own messenger; whoever we meet, we meet in God’s own way. We are there to be the presence of the Spirit.” To support his statement think about this: “God didn’t add another day in our life because we needed it; he added it because someone out there needed it!” Those very words give us purpose as we begin each and every day, knowing that God is with us and leading us through it. Someone once commented that it seems God is looking for some way to demonstrate his love for us with each new day, smiling upon us with more blessings than we can possibly think of or imagine. In this day we will not be facing yesterday nor what tomorrow will bring. Each day – this day – is totally unique. Our Father knows this, so he gives us new grace and compassion that are just what we need for this one day. We can look at every day as another miracle in which we have an opportunity to thank the Creator not only for our life, but for God’s companionship through every minute of it. What a gift is ours beginning with those first minutes in the morning!
Rupp has another short writing referring to the time when Jesus walked on the water in the midst of a wild storm and she reminds us that when Jesus gets into the boat with his disciples, the storm calms. She compares this incident to the many times we think we are going to be crunched by the storms of another hectic day. “It is,” she comments, “truly amazing what happens when we deliberately invite God into the boat of our lives. Anxiety lessens and we can begin to recover peace for the day ahead…but, sadly, in our culture of constant noise and activity we do not have the essential solitude that we need to gain the necessary perspective on our lives.” With our first thoughts of God each morning and a fervent prayer in response we can remember who it is that has the true power and the energy that will guide us through another day. We all need just a few minutes in the morning to be alone with ourselves and God. So, in the following days, let’s take a few minutes at the beginning of our day just to be with God; it’s the best opportunity to put our heart into the work of the day, acknowledging that all the good we do in the hours ahead is done with and for the Lord. With that perspective we can find positive strength to move into another day, for no matter what lies ahead of us in the next twenty-four hours, God is already there!