Are your mornings like this? Wake up rush into the shower, rush into clothes, rush kids into clothes. Rush into the kitchen to get breakfast going, follow the plan for the day. Answer emails, answer texts, etc?
There was a day not too long ago when my kids slept in a bit due to a really late night. So when I got up I wasn't really rushing. I got my shower in and clothes on. I made my tea and sat down to do some reading and listen to a devo. Once my kids woke up and got dressed we spent some time in prayer together. (All this social distance is taking a serious toll on my outgoing extroverted family). I'm not going to say that day was perfect, because of course it had its challenges. However we did have a much smoother day and arguments were resolved much quicker than they had been in days passed.
In scripture we see that Jesus did this too. Let's take a look at the beginning of His ministry in the gospel of Mark.
"35Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. And He was praying there. 36Simon and his companions went searching for Him. 37They found Him and said, “Everyone’s looking for You! ”
38And He said to them, “Let’s go on to the neighboring villages so that I may preach there too. This is why I have come.” 39So He went into all of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.", Mark 1:35-39, HCSB
If you start at the beginning of the gospel of Mark, you can see a summarized version of how Jesus started out. First we meet John the Baptist; Jesus gets baptized and heads into the wilderness for 40 days of fasting; John gets arrested; Jesus heads into Galilee; He calls His first disciples and they head to Capernaum. As soon as they get there they head into the synagogue and Jesus starts teaching. He then drives out a demon which kicks off a chain reaction that leads to many many more healings in this town.
At some point they are able to get some sleep. While everyone else is still sleeping, Jesus heads out to pray. What sounds like a really long day led to some much needed rest. Then Jesus began His day with God.
It's interesting how this to some of you is a no brainer. I know there are many of you who regularly spend your first few moments of the day with God. Some of you, however may be more like me in that you don't always spend the first few moments with God. I was excited to see how well this worked for our day! I am pushing myself to do this more in the future. I encourage you to as well.