Good Morning, Morning!

I think there are basically three types of attitudes when it comes to mornings:

1. "Good morning, morning! It's a grand and glorious day and I'm so excited to start it! Let's get to it and see what wonderful things God has in store for today!"

2. "Hurry, hurry, hurry! There are things to do as always and we have to get out the door. There's no time to slow down and appreciate anything because we've got to go, go, go!"

3. "Well, here's another day pretty much like yesterday. I guess I could get up and around, but bed feels good, the computer seems good, the newspaper seems good, the television seems good. There's no reason to rush things today, and I'll get around to stuff after while."

Did any of those sound familiar? Where we fall in these descriptions will also determine if we're bursting at the seams to start the day with prayer, Bible reading and a light heart, or if we choose to pull the covers over our head and try again later.

On the other hand, God has a special affinity for the morning time. Some of the greatest relationships the Lord ever formed happened early in the morning.

* Abraham: Genesis 22
* Moses: Exodus 8:20 and 9:13
* David: Psalm 5

What woman hasn't gone to bed at night feeling overwhelmed, worn down from the world and hoping a night in her bed will shed a different light on the day's events? When the morning comes, she finds that God has shown her mercy, not judgment. Every morning we have fresh examples of the Lord's compassion toward us. When our feeble efforts at comfort fail, God's compassions never do.

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Each new morning is filled with joy and hope, not because we feel like it but because God provides them. We have the promise of mercy, of renewal with the sunrise and of a faithful God that is waiting to hear from us tomorrow just like He was today.

We may not be able to physically leap out of bed in the morning, but we can be emotionally and mentally ready to meet the day head on because the Lord has promised to extend new mercies every time we step out to face the morning.

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