God has given me so many beautiful examples of what it means to call in Him in my days. Proverbs 31 is full of reminders of how Godly women should occupy their time. There are countless Pinterest articles I could look to on how to set myself up for a successful morning. I could look to the New Testament or Psalms for guidance. But I don’t. Too often, my mornings are taken captive as soon as my eyes open.
Dogs scratch at the door, begging for their leash and a quick walk. My mouth yearns for that first sip of coffee. My phone lights up with fresh information and demands. (Seriously, it’s amazing how many emails I get at 2am!) Before I even have a minute to think clearly, my days are taken captive.
That’s why, as the old song says, in the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.
The first part of my day is rarely devoted to Him. And when I miss greeting Him in the morning, the rest of my day tends to feel like a recovery mission instead of any sort of productive Kingdom work.
When I rise, I need to see my King.
Before the day takes me captive, I need to be captivated by His beauty and goodness. Before long, my phone will be flooding my eyes with images of reality TV star’s new lips and perfectly decorated homes. When that comes my way, I need to see the Man hanging from the cross and rising from the grave. I need to see true beauty and love. The sacrifice that’s been poured out on my behalf needs to be put before my eyes before anything else if I’m to truly love those around me.
I need Him to meet me. I need to feel His nail-pierced hands cupping my face, reminding me that I am His. Before the day starts making demands, I need to be reminded that, no matter what the day has to throw my way, Jesus is there. He has given His life for me and He won’t abandon me in the busy, mundane Thursdays. Whatever the day has to throw my way, He will work it on my behalf for His glory and my sanctification.
So Jesus, I know I’m not good at seeking You out. I seek notifications to know that I’m not forgotten. I seek “likes” on pictures to feel beautiful. I seek comments to know my words have meaning.
Help me to seek Your face. Remind me today that my identity is in you alone. The likes, the comments, the opinions, they don’t matter. The only thing that matters is my faith working itself out through love.
As my day begins, show me the finish line. Captivate me with Your love. Let me look into Your eyes and remember that You alone are the author and perfecter of my faith. My works, they are a gift I lay at your feet, not the final product. Please keep me from the idol of busyness and let me sit at Your feet in adoration.
Friend, I would love to offer you a clever trick to focus your mornings around God. While keeping your phone in another room and your Bible next to your bed might help for a little while, nothing will replace a heart that is captivated by God’s grace.
So pray. Because your prayers, they are powerful.
Ask God to take your stubborn, forgetful heart and replace it with a heart that seeks Him above all else. Look to the cross and let yourself be captivated by the love poured out for you on Calvary. Train your body and mind to focus around the person of Jesus. Let the Holy Spirit fill you and guide your days.
My day is not my own, it is the Lord’s. When I open my eyes, I can either surrender to His plan for my day or give in to the tug of the world. But I know one thing, if I am going to combat the pain and heartache in the world around me, if I am going to live a life filled with purpose, if I want to find true peace, then in the morning, when I rise, I need Jesus.