“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” -Psalm 5:3
It’s so easy… yet so hard. I’m up early before leaving for work. I can’t just get up and go. I need time to prepare for the day. I need coffee and quiet time. I’ve got all of the tools necessary. Quiet and comfortable location (several options), coffee, journal and favorite pen, bible (several) and time.
Good morning, Lord…
Suddenly a million distractions come my way.
Oh wait! I need to find a good worship song (on my iPad!).
Now that scripture would be great to put on a photograph… and then I can put it on Instagram!
Hmmm, I wonder if anyone has commented on the one I put on yesterday? I’ll just check real quick…
Oh ya, my bible plan… back to business.
Lord, thank you for this new day. Please give me strength to get through this day and…
Wait! What time is it? Shoot, I need to be in the shower in 5 minutes!
I wonder if anyone commented on the photo album I put on FB last night? I’ll just do a quick check before jumping in the shower!
And that it how it plays out more mornings than I care to admit. To quote a great movie, “Squirrel!”
Some mornings are much better and my time is spent indulging in the sacredness of my Heavenly Papa.
While I’m confessing my innate ability to botch my morning quiet time with Jesus, some mornings don’t have any quiet time at all, although that is rare. I’ve tried to exercise first thing and that has been a disaster! I’ll save that for later in the day… if I get to it! Oh my, that is another blog for another day!
The other evening I was reading Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning. In the summer of 1992 he spent time alone in a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without TV, radio or any reading material. After reading about his experience I began to ponder what that would be like. Time alone with God with nothing else. No distractions but our own demons that keep us from that sweet time with the Lord. How long would it take before I could truly “be still and know”? (Psalm 46:10)
I wonder what I’m missing by letting the things of the world get in my way? What sacred indulgence does God have for me that I’ve missed because I’m too busy getting my sanctuary ready to be with Him?
What am I afraid of? Why is it difficult to go to the throne room without my coffee and journal and bible (AKA my iPad full of distractions)…?
Lord, Show me how to simply come before You and be in Your presence… uninterrupted so that I may partake of Your sacred indulgences awaiting me. In Jesus’ name… let it be done, let it be so…