I have never been a morning person. Today I awoke early. I have been waking up earlier than I had in most of my life. I had heard that morning people are different and I wanted to see what all of the hoopla is about. Maybe I was awoken by a yappy little dog having a nightmare and I didn't really fall back to sleep (This is the more honest reason). Whatever the case, I find myself awake early.
There is a stillness and a quiet to the house and there is peace. I have all of my thoughts before me. These are busy days for me. I have a moment now to consider things. I have a moment now to reflect upon how sweetly the morning light peeks through my bedroom window. I will tell you my thoughts. They are, "Thank You, Lord."
This is the moment of potential and possibility. This is the moment when we hope how our day will turn out. Most of the time we are on automatic already behind on time so we don't have a moment. We spend the day trying to make up time. Time to catch up on things. Time to do what we must. Time to prepare for tomorrow so that we can have a little more time, for our families, for our friends, for our community, for ourselves. Our prayers are rushed as we ask and thank and praise all in one breath. This morning, I can just sit and be a daughter and be thankful and praise my blessed Father in heaven, the Creator of all things that I have this moment. When I think of the upcoming day it is with a lens of grace. Maybe there is something to this waking up early after all!
I can't promise that this will happen again. I don't know if tomorrow I will awake and find myself a moment again. But today I consider Lamentations 3:22-23:
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness."
Such a hopeful and wonderful reminder coming from a book in the Bible called Lamentations!! Maybe I need to wake up early to greet God's new love and mercies that come each day. Maybe... but for right now, Praise the Lord!