January 18, 2009

Good Morning!

Hi friends! It's early again for Heather. Our little guy likes to be up before the sun. Elizabeth was just the same as a baby. She still wakes early, but her brother will not be outdone.

On a "bad" morning my response to this involves a lot of external and internal moaning, groaning, and complaining about:
  • how awful my life is,
  • how I'll never get to sleep in again, for the rest of my life,
  • how if the kids had their own rooms, if we had a bigger house, I could leave him to play and catch a few more winks,
  • how somehow my husband is not pulling his weight in the family because I am the one who gets up with the kids,
  • how my kids must be trying to destroy me!
And, sadly, these "bad" mornings are all too frequent. Perhaps you astute observers may note some discontentment, self-righteousness, anger, selfishness, rage, bitterness, and more in these thoughts? I'm looking into a job as a poster girl for Paul's sinful nature list in Galatians 5.

Then, a few weeks ago, as I was in my kids bedroom playing and talking with them, I was reminded of this verse: "This is the day that the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Oh, snap! Not only did this remind me to rejoice in the Lord from my first waking moment, but it also convicted me of my sin. God is good!

This morning, though I'm not having one of my signature "bad" mornings (praise God!), I wanted to look at the Psalm that verse comes from. I won't include all 29 verses here, but would you believe that the preceding verses talk about Jesus?! Remarkable.

Psalm 118: 22-24
The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone;
the LORD has done all this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

In His usual form, God takes me from my petty complaints right back to the very source of my life. What God has done in saving me, in saving you, in redeeming all of His people, is marvelous! He has done all this. Let us rejoice and be glad this day!

1 comment:

  1. oh, I needed this today. thank you. for me it's not always the mornings, sometimes short napping....but sleep and my babies is definitely always an issue with me and puts me on the fast track to sin...thank you for the reminder to rejoice and be glad!