Readings: Psalm 72; Genesis 28:10-22; Hebrews 11:13-22
This morning the alarm went off very early and as I sat up to start my first day back to work after 11 days off, the cats both looked at me like I’d lost my mind. The continued to be confused as I sorted my morning out and prepped for the day.
I too was struggling to get moving in the direction of my first work day of 2017. I had just spent over a week without a schedule, chasing my own whims, and following my own lead. And here I was, dressed in more than yoga pants, wearing actual makeup, and heading back into a role of leading a team and a product line.
But here is what I know…about myself and about my relationship with the being that I call God…we need to ease into each day. I am not a morning person who wants chatter and noise in the morning. I need time in the morning. For exercise. For getting ready. For meditation. For reading. For coffee. For holding Malcolm. These are things that I set my alarm early to get done before I ever walk out my front door.
I used to try to apologize for the slowness with which I start my day. Now I have learned that this is how I move at my best pace. I get up earlier than most people just so I have this time. This is not about hitting the snooze button 72 times. I almost always wake up before my alarm which is set for 5:21 just in case I DO want to snooze for those additional 9 minutes.
This is about time. My time. Letting my body and brain catch up to the tasks at hand.
For here, in this time when the clock runs a bit slow and my day begins, this is where I meet with God. Mornings are my holy ground.
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” (Genesis 28:16)