Waking up before the alarm.
So, we have been back to school for four days now. Four new mornings that are a bit earlier than I prefer. I even begin to think that home schoolers are not crazy at all. They can sleep in and get all sorts of good, sweet, cozy, warm sleep! But that is for another day…I awoke this morning 25 minutes before my alarm. I hate that. Its even worse when you wake up 3 minutes before-because those extra 3 minutes would give you all that your body and mind so need and desire. Nonetheless, I was awoken. If I am woken up in the middle of the night I have this weird kind of thought process that I need to pray. This is partly because I know that when I am praying at night I am lulled into sleep and partly because I find this a good time to be undisturbed, not distracted and otherwise alone-except for the man or child next to me.
So, I toke this early wake up call as a time to start my morning off with prayer. I first began with “God, what are you going to do for me today? ” Now, before I finished that thought, I immediately saw the error of my ways. I have heard so many times lately, and even on abcnews.com this morning, how people are blaming God for all that is wrong in their lives and in this world today. Most commonly I hear, why is God doing this to me? And I have to ask, what are you doing or have done for God? Seriously, let’s think about this. God gives you life on this earth, and in America, a pretty darn good life. He gives you free will to make the choice to believe in him and be in relationship with him and benefit from all of his blessings and what do we do for Him? How much of your life, time, energy, talents-all God given-do you give back to Him? I am guilty of it. As easily displayed this morning in my prayer. So, mid prayer I changed it, I said “Wait! I mean what can I do for You today?” That was my prayer. And then I promptly rolled over and hit the snooze. Just in time for that extra nine minutes of mental argument over how stupid that is and I should just get up!
Mmaybe I did not wake up before the alarm at all, maybe I just woke up to a different one.