Sabbatical summer. A full season for me to stop, to take a breath, to renew, and to write. I know it will feel like a moment, time seems to pass by so quickly; however, it will change me. Preparing for it has already impacted me, making me more aware of the dangers of a too-packed, too-busy, too-rushed schedule.
I’ve been pulled in every direction, as I prepare to slow down. I see the humor in it all. I’m extremely busy now, so, I’m able to slow down for a season. So. This morning, before I jump into the fast lane of living for the day, I willfully stopped to be still and know the presence of God, making sure I did not miss the gift of the day because of busyness or any other distraction.
I’ve found there’s a holiness in the early morning hours, when the world is quiet, when the light of the day begins to break through the darkness, when the schedule does not dictate me to be somewhere to do something.
It’s meaningful to know in the midst of busyness, Jesus chose the early morning hours to find a solitary place to pray: Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1: 35, TNIV).
I wonder about that early morning so long ago. What happened as Jesus prayed? Did creation stop to hear the heart of the Divine Servant? Was there a shift in the atmosphere as power from heaven was released at the sound of his voice? How did the day change because Jesus prayed? And. I wonder what happens in the unseen when you and I pray in the early morning hours. I do know I’m changed because of praying early this morning. I’m grateful.
I pray you will take the time to pray early in the day. It will change you and your day.
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)