There are a couple things that you should know about me: 1) I am a morning person to the core. 2) I have always been able to sleep well. I fall asleep easily, and for the most part sleep the whole night through (maybe waking sometimes for a bathroom break or two, but easily returning to sleep).
This is my norm. So when a few years ago I started waking up starving around 2 – and trying to fight off the desire to get up and eat – unsuccessfully, I got annoyed. Until I learned to just get up, grab a quick snack, and head back to bed! Lately though this doesn’t seem to bother me as much — yay! (Maybe a little snack later in the evening has helped?!) It was also a few years ago that sometimes God would wake me up in the middle of the night, not with an appetite for food, but for Him. I learned to love praying in the middle of the night and sometimes spending time in God’s Word when there were no distractions! This was not an often occurance, but whenever it did happen, it never interfered with going back to sleep or feeling rested the next day.
So, for the most part, I go to bed early (9:00 is my ideal!) and sleep. My ideal wake time is between 6-7, but sometimes I like to stay in bed and cuddle, think or read. Sometimes I hop up and get laundry going, or make a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls that my husband loves! I don’t like to HAVE to be up and out the door if I don’t want to. And I like to go to bed later sometimes. But all this to say, I need and like my sleep!
However, a couple years ago I found myself awake at 4:30. I was frustrated, crabby, and crying. I had not been sleeping well on and off for quite a while. My job was stressful and stealing my joy. My husband I and felt stuck in life. And I couldn’t sleep. I had woken around 3, and was still awake, tossing and turning and trying to get my body back to a comfortable relaxed mode. I had to be out the door by 6:30 to get to my job that started at 7:00, that I dreaded because of short staff and high stress. Let me tell you, for a morning person, I did not like getting up and out by 6:30. And not sleeping between 3 – 4:30, knowing from eperience that I’d be exhausted and trying to sleep at 5:30, made the morning all the worse!
Contrast that with one day this spring when one of my 4:30 mornings became a memory morning. My husband has been working overnights. So even on his day off, his body still sometimes stays on “work schedule.” One early Saturday morning, he was awake, and up — likely around 2. Around 4 I woke up to use the bathroom. Instead of going right back to bed I found him and said good morning, got my hug, and headed back to bed. But I was hungry, and craving muffins. I didn’t have any muffins in the freezer. So I got back up. I told my husband I was craving a muffin. He sweetly suggested we swing by Perkins later and pick up a muffin for my breakfast. (I can make muffins, but the idea of a muffin date was fun!). But then a few minutes later he said, “Unless you want to go now — Kwik Trip is open.” Now… 4:20 in the morning? YES!!! So I pulled on clothes and we hopped in the car. The birds were already singing, the air was cool, and the sun was just starting to lighten the sky. We got to Kwik Trip and I changed my mind, got a donut and juice … and a muffin to take home! We ate in the car, the sunrise now starting to spill over the sky. Beautiful! Fun! And something I had never done … an unplanned breakfast date at 4:30 in the morning!
What a difference two mornings make!
Why do I tell you this? No reason really — it was just on my mind. But really — a morning can make a lot of difference. The morning Jesus rose from the dead changed the world. If He had stayed dead, he would have been just like every other zealous religous leader. But Jesus is not a person… but God Himself, incarnate in flesh. And death could not hold Him! So each day we get here on this earth is a gift. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!”
So dear sisters in Christ, whatever your day looks like today, whether you woke happy or grumpy — may you praise the Lord and trust in Him! Press on!