Don’t you just LOVE the morning?
It holds so much potential. I never know what will really happen once my feet touch the ground and the clock ticks away the next 24 hours. When I allow myself to absorb the quietness of the morning, before everyone gets rushing around, it feels surreal. It is like a pause. I don’t always take the time to feel the pause, but when I do, it’s like stepping into a different realm. It’s where the possibilities of the dawning day meet the reflections of yesterday. It is a space that I love to meet God in.
I met God this morning through the kisses of my boys. While I was still asleep each of them came to my bedside at different times to gently kiss my sleeping cheek. Their intention was not to wake me, but to simply offer a gesture of their love for me. It rarely happens that they are awake before me, and even more rarely that they kiss me, well, it’s rare for my twelve and a half year old to kiss me! What usually happens is I wake them and they hurry on with their morning routine, trying to make it to the bus stop on time. But not today. It wasn’t until the girls went to school that I began to remember this early morning’s gift. As I thought about it, it made me smile. I felt ever so loved and appreciated from 3 unexpected kisses. (my husband and my two boys) What a beautiful way to welcome the morning!
God is like that too. He is there to welcome each new day to you. Scripture says that, “…He who watches over you does not slumber.” It also tell us that God knows when you sit and when you rise. He waits for me and invites me every morning to accept his mercies and receive his love. Lamentations says, that the LORD’S great love and compassions never fail. “They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.”
Every morning he offers us this special gift. Some mornings, I know that I have felt his unseen hand tenderly touching my heart. A kiss, if you will, on my cheek, letting me know that He loves me and that He is with me.
Psalm 145:8 has become a daily prayer for me, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love…” I often whisper this sentence in that space of time between waking and actually starting my day. I want to know first thing that God loves me, and that his love never fails. I don’t know what is waiting for me beyond those first few moments of my day, but I want more than anything to be encouraged that God’s love will sustain me through it all.
I love that Isaiah felt somewhat the same when he said, “ He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” In those quiet moments I know God is tenderly waking me with a fresh understanding of his love and empowerment for the day. To me, it looks like a soft, sweet kiss on my cheek.