My favorite time of the day is early morning. I know. Not everyone gets it. But. I’ve enjoyed getting up early since I was in grade school.
It doesn’t matter where I am in the world, there’s a sense in the early morning hours, in the quietness of the day, in the stillness before most people are awake, before the world gets busy, before I’m off and running, that I know God is in the place I am in.
There’s a shift in the day when I wake up to the reality of God’s presence. Genesis 28 paints a picture of the moment Jacob, one of the ancient patriarchs, woke up to the realization that God was present right where he was at:
Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, “God is in this place—truly. And I didn’t even know it!” He was terrified. He whispered in awe, “Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God’s House. This is the Gate of Heaven.”Genesis 28:16-17~The Message (MSG)
When I wake up in awareness I’m not alone, when I recognize the presence of God, when I see divine reality, I’m made new all over again. It’s the gift of the day. An incredible, wonderful, holy gift.
Question of the day: Have you woke up to the reality of the presence of God today?
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)