Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | January 6, 2014

January 6, 2014 “The Menagerie”

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee.” (Psalm 63:1)


Good Morning Fellow Prayer Sojourners!

It was rather tough getting up this morning. I have been battling a cold, or some such ailment, for a few weeks now. I find it more challenging to begin each new day, and would rather just stay in bed than get up and do those things necessary to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of each new day. This would be easy to do, were it not for responsibilities, or the reality,  as poet Robert Frost put it, “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep…and miles to go before I sleep”. There’s really only one sure-fire and effective way I know of to overcome the compelling urge to just stay in bed and deal with things later. It’s not forcing myself to get up. It’s not that first cup of coffee. It’s not because the dog is begging to go outside (though her persistence and urgency does prove to be unusually, if not grudgingly, effective). No, what truly gets me going in the morning is time spent with God…first thing!  There’s a great quote by one of my favorite theologians, C.S. Lewis, that puts things into perspective. In his book Mere Christianity, he wrote that each morning, the very moment you wake up,

“all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; listening to that other Voice, taking in that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind. We can only do it for moments at first. But from those moments the new sort of life will be spreading through our system; because now we are letting Him work at the right part of us. It is the difference between paint, which is merely laid on the surface, and a dye or stain which soaks right through.”

Morning coffee and a donut may get you going physically, but that’s just painting the surface. A shower may get the blood pumping, but it only washes us physically. Prayer soaks in to the very fiber of our being and renews us from within. Resist the temptation of tuning in to the menagerie of the cares and concerns of the new day, and listen instead to that other great Voice which allows that larger, quieter, and stronger life to permeate your inner self, truly preparing you for this new day. Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father; Quiet our hearts and minds this day, that we may hear your reassuring, strengthening voice as we come to you in prayer. “O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee.” Amen!



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