Everybody wakes up a little bit differently. Some (I’m assuming very few) jump out of bed, landing with both feet on the ground, PUMPED for the new day. Others of us get out of bed “gradually,” meaning very slowly, over a period of about an hour. Still others hit snooze once or twice and then get up to face their day.
But one thing we all share is a first thought of the morning. I think mine may most often be something like “blehhhh.” Or “WHY was I up that late?” Or “oh no, today’s the day that I have this big exam.” I also almost always wake up with a song in my head. This morning, it was O, The Wonderful Cross. It’s not always a hymn, though- I think the day before it was an a cappella version of “Keep Holding On.”
I think it’s safe to say that whatever happens the night before you wake up will influence what you think. For example, both of those songs were in my head most likely because I had listened to (and sung along with) them the night before. If I wake up feeling extremely tired, it’s likely because I didn’t go to sleep at a reasonable time, and I’m quite aware of that as I struggle to open my eyes.
But lately, I’ve gone to bed feeling really excited. Technically, there really isn’t anything to be excited about. School is challenging, I’m really busy, I get frustrated- but I still often go to sleep excited.
I’m excited because I can’t wait to see what God is going to do with this new day. He’s been gradually teaching me to relinquish my attempt at control over my life, mainly by completely ruining or changing my plans so that I have no way of controlling them anymore. This could be a cause for great anxiety, but it’s more exciting than anything because He does it so much better!
Every second of the day that I’ll be struggling to open my eyes to begin tomorrow morning is in God’s hands. There will never be an “Oops!” moment where He suddenly realizes that He forgot to do something, where the world will go spinning out of control, or where He decides that He doesn’t love me anymore. He knows what’s going on with every breath I take, every move I make, every hair on my head.
“This is the day the Lord has made,” the psalmist tells us in Psalm 118. “Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” The word “rejoice,” in my opinion, really ought to have little music notes and stars dancing around it. Rejoice! We’re told. Give thanks! Give praise! Be glad! Earlier in that same Psalm, we’re repeatedly told, and encouraged to say, that the Lord’s love endures forever. We can rejoice and rest in His love forever– His love shall not fade, but endure.
Now, as I mentioned before, I don’t wake up with a montage of an exciting song against my suddenly opening my eyes, getting dressed (choosing several different outfits and finally settling on one, in which I dance in front of the mirror), grabbing my already-packed bag, and jogging excitedly out the door.
Instead, the music is my alarm going off repeatedly, and me slowly opening my eyes, shuffling out of bed, throwing some things into my bag, and jogging hurriedly out the door. BUT, while I’m still lying in bed, somewhere in between “Ughh” and “I guess I’d better get up now,” I can catch a glimpse of a little decoration hanging nearby that reads “Rejoice, for this is the day the Lord hath made,” and get a little excited, and more importantly, a little joyous. And then I can confidently say, “Lord, I give this day to You.”
This isn’t to say that I always do that, but when I do, it definitely puts the right spin on my day and encourages me immensely. I think I’m going to put a little sticky note with the Psalm 118 verse next to my alarm clock. I think the best way to face the reality of another day of classes, another day at work, another day of pain, even, is to face the reality that we can rejoice, because we are in God’s hands, and He loves us.
A really wonderful wake-up song is “This Day,” by Audio Adrenaline. I’ll post the lyrics a little bit later, but definitely take a look. And let me know how you wake up and focus your day on Christ! And I pray that your day is a great one!
UPDATE: Here’s a link to a site with the lyrics to “This Day,” by Audio Adrenaline (you can also listen to a little clip of the song!): http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/lyrics/new/track.asp?track_id=13