Wait, What time is it?
One morning, upon waking up, I was bleary-eyed. (Because I suffer with ‘dry eyes’, I put eye ointment into both eyes before sleep that leads to a significant blurry condition in the morning.) I washed and dressed and went to eat breakfast and make my lunch and finally, wide awake, that’s when I saw the stove clock. It said, 4:44! In the words of Charlie Brown, ‘AAUGH!!! What? “I’m exhausted!” That’s funny, I wasn’t exhausted ten minutes ago when I thought it was 5:30 AM? Our minds play such funny tricks on us!
Why is it so scary to wake up really early and then fret that we won’t live through the day because of anticipated exhaustion?! Yes, fret over what will happen if I don’t get more sleep. Well, I was happy to be up and have time to prepare my meals; my breakfast and lunch, my back pack and have time in God’s word and more – all in the course of a morning. I was tired long around 3pm and after finishing a full day of work, went home, crawled into bed and had a lovely nap! And it was all worth it!
As I’m reading in Exodus right now, I noticed that over and over, Moses is told to “Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: “Let my people go, that they may serve me.”” (Ex. 8: 20, 9:13). In fact, the words, “Rise Early” is a common start to instructions presented by God.
Consider the birds…
“And the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.'” Like a Dove, the spirit of God descended and landed on Jesus. Mathew 3:15, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, & John 1:32; all four Gospels recount this story. Birds play a profound role in the bible and if we pay attention, they may speak to us as well. They come to us with lessons; they move away from us with the reminder of the miracle of creation, as they glide away on a breeze. They teach us to play with each other; to go gently and dance on the wind, to trust our creator.
“Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing: Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Mathew 6:25-26)
Noah released a dove. “But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 8:9). These multicolored, beautiful, graceful friends come right to our doors and windows. In the early morning, while the sun still sleeps, they sing their songs. Have you heard God’s alarm clock? ‘Early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee’…(Psalm 63:1) and “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me…O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psalms 5:3) The birds wake us, if we let them.
The birds are a gift from God,