The Morning Person.
I’m a morning person.
I fully realize the divisive nature of that comment. Most of the people in my life are the opposite of that, and for years, I have lived in a house in which I am up at least an hour before the next earliest riser.
I used to complain about it.
Now I love it.
As our kids grow older and our calendar gets busier, I have come to relish the solitude of early mornings. Summer mornings are my favorite, as it is the only time of the day this time of year that it is bearable to sit outside. So, every morning, I wake up, make the coffee, and then sit on the wrought iron bench in my backyard.
Just me and the dog.
I look lonely, I’m sure. I’m not. I’m in heaven. I sit there, and I think about my day, I read the Bible, and I listen.
There is a lot to be heard as the sun comes up. Birds seem to sing a little louder when they awaken from their nests. The squirrels chase each other and fight over the best tree limb to start out their day. Even the lizard that lives under the grill makes sound as he scurries around looking for breakfast.
It’s also when I hear the voice of God the most clearly.
There’s something about a clear head and a minimum of distractions that makes listening a whole lot easier. Maybe that’s why Jesus gives these instructions:
6 But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? If you’re like me, you might be wondering, what kind of reward is God going to give me for praying in a secret place? I’ve been doing it most of my life, and I have yet to receive a trophy or a medal, or cash falling from the sky. No special package has been sitting there on my bench, waiting for me to open it. So, what’s the reward? Surely, after all of these years of praying, something amazing is bound to happen!
It took a few years for the message to get through my thick skull. The reward has been there all along. It’s not a gift to be unwrapped, it is a gift that is received through understanding. You see, there is a peace and unexplained comfort that comes from hearing and being heard by the Master of the universe. The reward is that rather than beginning my day by filling my head with all of the bad news that the world is itching to tell me, that I begin by filling my heart with the Good News that God has been waiting for me to hear.
I think all of us could use a little good news right now.
Not a morning person? No worries. I hear God stays up late, too.