The alarm goes off, and I’m tempted to hit snooze. It’s dark outside. It’s warm in bed. I hate the thought of leaving my cozy cocoon and the blissful rest of sleep.
But I stretch. Get up. Cringe when my bare feet hit the cold laminate floor.
I make my way into the kitchen, where I groggily grab an empty cup and pour my first cup of morning coffee.
I’m tired. Not ready to face another busy day of juggling homeschooling, work, and outside activities. The schedule for the day ahead looks insurmountable. It feels exhausting. And the day hasn’t started yet.
I make my way back to my bedroom, grabbing my Bible and my Bible study book on the way. Flipping on the bedside lamp, I snuggle back into bed with the Word.
As I drink my coffee and work my way through my Bible study, my mind begins to clear.
And then it happens, as it so often does. A verse catches my attention.
The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. – Deuteronomy 31:18
Twenty-nine words. Three sentences. It takes less than a minute to read them, but those three sentences set the tone for my entire day.
My God is going ahead of me into my busy and overwhelming day. He’s not going to fail me. He will be by my side every second of every minute. There is no reason to fear. No reason to be dismayed. No reason to be discouraged.
No matter what the day brings, He is in control. When I feel like a failure as a homeschooling mom, He is there to fill in the gaps. When I feel like I’ll never catch up on work, He is there, giving me the energy I need to prioritize and get things done.
And when I’m so buried in life’s “stuff” that I feel like I’m drowning, He reminds me that this life is not what matters. All the “stuff” is temporary. And then I can breathe again.
I spend time in prayer, thanking God for always being with me. For walking alongside me through this maze we call life. For guiding me when I’m lost. For carrying me when I’m discouraged.
I lay my worries and concerns at His feet, knowing that He can take all things and use them for His glory.
Too soon it’s 6:00 and time to get breakfast going. I close my Bible, open my eyes, and once again my feet hit the cold floor. Only now I’m not dreading the day. I’m looking ahead, anticipating what God has planned.
That 5:00 hour spent with God made all the difference in the world. As much as I dread hearing the alarm go off, I’m always glad when I obediently get up to spend time with the One who loves me most. The assurance that it is He who goes before me warms me more than my cozy blankets or my hot cup of coffee.
Yes, 5:00 in the morning is my favorite time of day.