I am not a morning person. I haven’t ever been. I really don’t think I ever will be. My mom used to tell me, “Someday you’ll get used to it.” I really need a good two hours to warm up and be a person.
I went on a mission trip to the Philippines years ago and a really good friend of mine was also on the trip. We were going to be rooming together along the trip. Having never roomed together or seen each other first thing in the morning I decided the first night I better give her the warning. “I take a while to warm up in the morning. I’ll probably need a few minutes. I’d just like to apologize ahead of time for the grump face you may receive.”
My sweet, cheerful friend who greets every morning with a smile decided to wake me up the next morning to the most cheerful rendition of “Sunshine Day” I’ve ever heard, inches from my face. I was less than enthused or grateful. The darts that came from my eyes stabbed her to the core and she said (still upbeat, but definitely taken aback) “Oh, you weren’t kidding about not being a morning person.” It changed the way she would greet me each morning for the rest of the trip. Gretchen, I am still sorry. I wish I woke up every morning and sang cheerfully “This is the day the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it.”
These days I am greeted every morning by my gift. My sweet little “extra” child, who is now my alarm clock. He comes into my room anywhere from 4:30-6AM and says, “It’s time to get up mommy” with all the cheerfulness of a sweet innocent child ready to experience what the day has ahead. I am working so very hard not to kill the spirit of my sweet boy who is able to greet each day with rejoicing and gladness and has taught me even further what it means to have new mercies every morning. It’s a beautiful and humbling experience to be taught by a child.
I do not need three to five alarms to wake up every morning the way I did in college. In fact I haven’t set an alarm for 3 year years now, at least to wake up. But I sure do need a daily reminder that the LORD has made this day, his mercies are new every morning, and that is something to wake up REJOICING about and something to be GLAD about. It took a baby to begin teaching me that…a sweet baby Jesus, and a sweet baby Riko to drive it home, he is my reminder. May you greet this day grateful to the God who loves you (morning grump face and all) for the new day and the new mercies. May you rejoice in this day and be glad no matter what time you woke up.
Psalm 118:24, Lamentations 3:22-24
Blessings, Pastor Delinda