by guest author Kimberly Hargreaves
O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
This morning I was sitting in the living room praying, reading, and seeking more intimacy with God. Seeking to be ready and willing when He calls me into uncomfortable places. These past several months, He has been waking me up early to get into the word. I know giving Him my first fruits is pleasing and beneficial to Him, and to me. But yall, I struggle with mornings. I am not a morning person at all. I have always been more productive at night. I clean at night, read at night, work at night. I just seem to get more accomplished during those night-time hours.
But I hear Him better in the mornings. My day starts off in the right direction, and I know He is trying to break that night owl spirit within me. So, up I get. As I was sitting here this morning, I eventually heard little feet hit the ground. I heard the door creak open and I knew a little person was about to join me in my quiet time.
My youngest always comes looking for me in the mornings. I hear those little feet pattering through the house, and I can always tell where he is by the sound of his feet. Whether I’m reading from the back porch, in the living room, or the bedroom, he always finds me. His face lights up and he gives me a sleepy grin. He hops in my lap and cuddles. He is quiet and he listens then. (If you knew my youngest, you’d know this is a big deal.) He is the sweetest and most receptive during those first morning moments. And that’s when I realized… that’s exactly what God wants from me.
I’m most receptive in those first morning moments. So, He says, “Come, seek me first. Come to me like a little child. Give me those first morning moments. Dig into my word first. Feel my embrace and rest in my peace.” That morning smile from my boy brings so much joy. How much more pleasing it must be to my Abba when I am obedient in finding Him first, and giving Him my first morning moments.
Psalm 143:8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you, show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”