Early in the morning as you lie there in bed, suspended between the last dream of the night and the dawning of a new day, God comes calling. If you listen carefully, you will
hear Him. He speaks in a small, still voice. It is in the intimacy of those first precious
moments, that God reveals himself to you. If you spend time abiding in Him, you will arise from your bed of rest to a breakfast of blessings.
Blessings for Breakfast
There is something holy about that awakening hour. It is no surprise that God has often chosen that time to make himself known to his people. God, in speaking to Aaron and Miriam, called them,
… and they both came forth. And he said,
Hear now my words; if there be a
prophet among you, I the Lord will make
myself known unto him in a vision, and
will speak unto him in a dream.
God still speaks to us in the same way. When we lie there, drifting in and out of sleep, all of the defenses and rationalizations of our waking hours are still at rest. In biblical times, visions were considered holy, and a direct announcement from God. Visionaries were revered as the wisest of prophets. Those days have sadly passed away. Visionaries are more likely to be looked upon as delusional, now. Merriam Webster defines a visionary as “one whose ideas or projects are impractical,” and
“Existing only in imagination: unreal.” That’s hardly complimentary. Interestingly though, there is one positive definition of a visionary: “As in the computer industry.” It’s clear who and what is worshipped, these days. When someone says.
“In your dreams,” it’s a put down: “Yeah, right … in your dreams.” Dreams have been relegated to carnival sideshows and readers of Palms, not Psalms.
For all the denigration of dreams and visions, that awakening time is often one of
great clarity, where God speaks to us with his wisdom; not that of man’s. It is a time of revelation. With all the pressures and distractions of the coming day still before you, that early morning oasis can also be a time of creativity. Once your heels hit the floor, the demands of the day make reflection a luxury that most of us can’t afford. We have to catch God on the run. But there in the early morning
quiet, your mind is free to go wherever the Lord takes you.
Softly, the morning moves over the wall
Warming the bed where we lay
Soft golden colors, they turn and they spin
Welcome another new day”
Softly, the Morning by Jerry Rasmussen
That song came to me as I lay in bed watching the sunlight slowly moving across the wall.
Wile lingering dreams color those first moments of a new day, lines to a new song often form in my mind. It was on such an early morning, the day after I’d been deeply moved by an elderly woman in a nursing home, when I sang a line that
suddenly came to me:
And somewhere inside her, there’s still
that young girl
With a tortoise-shell comb in her hair
Tortoise-Shell Comb by Jerry Rasmussen
It is because of those early morning inspirations that I used to keep a pad and pen
next to my bed so that when the Lord put something on my heart, I could roll over,
and write it down. Now that we’ve “advanced” to computers, I have to rustle myself out of the warmth of the bed and head downstairs to my office and fire up Microsoft Word. The process remains the same. God talks to me in times of peaceful reflection, and gives me a line of a new song, or something that he wants me to write
about. He gives a new meaning to the term “wake Up Call.”
Like many others, I love the hymn, Order My Steps. That early morning time with the Lord is Step Ordering time. If in our heart we truly desire to do God’s will, what better time is there to ask for his guidance than the beginning of a new day? If we allow God to order our steps, we will arise with a clarity of purpose. The sun beams slanting in through the window will have a new radiance, as if we’ve never
seen a sunrise before. The aroma of the freshly-brewed coffee will fill the kitchen, and the birds outside the window will sing the promise of a brand new day: one we have never seen before.
And when we sit at the table for our morning breakfast, we will be overwhelmed with thanksgiving for the many blessings of the day.