There are mornings I wake up with my mind so full there isn’t room for whatever else may come that day. If I allow my thoughts to stay on those things rather than the Author of my life, the Creator of all things, I tend to pull the covers over my head and quit before I start.
There are some practical things about who God is that have grown deeper roots in my soul as of late.
I’m trying to figure out his spiritual art of staying in the day. Being fully present, right where I am.
The downside of being a dreamer, visionary, big-picture-person is that I have a really hard time just enjoying where I am, who I am with and what I am doing today. Sure there is something really great about being forward thinking, a planner, etc. but the other side of that is getting too far ahead of what is or what might even be.
My friend Kathy Simms told me she wakes up each day and declares:
“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
The first part is a declaration, the second part is the imperative.
But what if you can’t even get there?
One writer often had to self talk his way out of bed as well:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
And Jesus… His prayer went like this:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.“
This morning, remember:
God is near.
He is providing what we need today.
His mercies and compassions are new every morning and they fail not.
So when our thoughts go to “what if” and “how,” let’s remember because He loves us… we are not consumed.
We are not consumed.
Because of the Lord’s great love.
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Have a great day.