Early in the morning, Moses rose and built an altar at the foot of the mountain… Exodus 24: 4.
In the old testament alone, in certain translations, there are more than 20 instances when something was going on early in the morning. Now, if you know me at all, early in the morning is rarely a part of my routine. While I have always wished that I could rise early in the day to “make the most of my day,” I am, what some call, a night owl. It is not uncommon to receive an email from me at 1 or 2 in the morning, Now, I guess that is technically early in the morning, but for me, that’s the end of my day.
But things have recently changed in the Reinking household. We have a new golden retriever puppy…. who rises early in the morning. My husband and I have been at this two weeks, trying to figure out a schedule that accommodates everyone. He exercises early in the morning, so I have decided that I will rise early in the morning and tend to the pup so he can keep his early in the morning routine. In theory, I thought that this would be a good way to jump start my return to this blog. In theory.
But here I sit, early in the morning, and all I can think of is that it’s early in the morning!
But I’m not alone. God is indeed at work early in the morning (early one morning… on the third day..). Scripture tells us that early in the morning the Lord draws people into worship and calls people into action in the name of the Lord. Listening for God’s voice early in the morning, gives us the opportunity to rise up and follow God’s call in our hearts as a guide into the day. Yet in my case, the flesh is often weak. So on this morning, one morning at a time, with God’s help, I choose to rise early, build an altar at the foot of the mountains, and call upon the name of the Lord, for strength, for focus, and for the willingness to see God at work in my life, and in the world around me. And I ask God to simply use me as a instrument of God’s peace, one early morning at a time.
P.S. after a several of hours of puppy frolicking, I am now ready to post this!