Bread — Mornings

January 19, 2011


Readings for Wednesday, January 19, designated by the Book of Common Prayer: Isa. 41:1-16; Eph. 2:1-10; Mark 1:29-45; Psalms 12, 13, 14, 119:1-24

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It is morning and what have we typically done? Maybe our eyes have “popped” open and we are wide awake, or maybe we slowly gain consciousness as we struggle to fight our way out of sleep’s grip. Typically, the sun is out. We may roll around a few times in our bed as our minds begin to contemplate the daily “to do” list. We may let gravity have its way with us as we crash back into the pillows, remembering what we forgot to do yesterday. Our patterns may involve getting up to let the dog out, to get the paper, to make coffee and maybe to make breakfast, whether it be out of a box or a frying pan. We might then read the paper or just turn on the television or the radio for that morning program where we can listen to the daily drivel. We go to our bathrooms where we prepare ourselves for the day, putting on our clothes, cleansing ourselves of the dirt and grime of the previous day, refreshing our mouths and bodies, and transforming ourselves from unconsciousness to the halls of success. For some of us, all of the above takes a couple of hours; for others, a few minutes. But there is hardly anyone I bet who does not do 90% of what I just described.

So, where is God in all of this?

Before you start thinking that this now becomes a lecture on how we should all wake up in the morning praising God or praying or meditating or reading the Word — stop. That is not where I am going at all. My question is “where is God in all of this?” Where is He indeed? He is everywhere in all of this.

Isn’t it interesting that our perspective is that, if we don’t invite God into our lives, then He is not there. We think that if we don’t initiate the conversation, there is none. If we don’t pray, then God does not hear. We think that if we don’t initiate, He does not respond. How prideful of us to think that we have a choice of whether God is involved in our lives or not. How arrogant.

It has been said that at our deepest sleep we are closest to death. During this time, we have no understanding (that we know of) and certainly no conscious control. At this time, the body is in “automatic” mode and it will either cycle to wakefulness or it won’t. If it doesn’t, we lie in a coma. If it does, we call that “morning.” While we are in this state of “near death,” where is God? He is there and He is awake.

In Ephesians today, Paul tells us a hard lesson, one our prideful hearts do not want to hear – “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” Eph. 2:4-5. When we were, when we are, incapable of taking care of ourselves, of waking ourselves up, of giving ourselves strength for the coming day, of giving ourselves life, God is there to do it for us. We live today because God is and because God does.

Where is God in the morning? Everywhere. Where is God in the awakening from death to life every day? Everywhere. Where is God in our ability to live victoriously? Everywhere. Where is God in our salvation for eternity? Everywhere. Where is God right now? Everywhere.

So since God is everywhere, we have nothing to do except to be aware of that, to listen to the still small voice, to observe the miracle of the morning, to watch as God delivers on His promises, to hear our marching orders from our Master. And here is what God has to say this morning from the prophet Isaiah: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand…for I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, …for I Myself will help you…’” Isa. 41:10, 13-14

Open those sleepy eyes this morning and see that the Lord is good, He is everlasting, He is here, He is with us, and He helps us.

Good morning!

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