Nearly Every Morning
… I wish… Still, the thought is there, and the intent is real. I love to have a morning routine. And what my routine happens to be is special to me, but it adjusts as the demands of the week changes.
What makes for a good morning? Two thoughts came to me over the past few hours… And yes, I’ve been up for a few hours, long before the sun broke the sky with color!
The morning starts off better when I’m ready for it… and… The morning is better when the previous day ended well.
How do we prepare for a good morning when the ending of the previous day is full of unsettled tasks? How do we prepare for a good morning when our plans did not include meeting the needs for such a profitable day?
When Israel was hungry in the wilderness after leaving Egypt, God provided for the morning and the evening meal (Exodus 16:8). Not only with the multitude, but also with Elijah when God had him hide by the brook Cherith and commanded the ravens to bring him food in the morning and the evening (1 Kings 17:1-6).
What’s curious about this? Both of these examples show that they ate only twice per day, and with both examples, it was God giving them their sustenance and routine.
Maybe our morning and evening routines need to be reflective of the blessings of God. Instead of rushing to work in the mornings, or becoming couch potatoes in the evening, spending some time reflecting, closing down, and starting the day effectively is crucial and in order.
With the act of creation, Genesis tells us that the evening and the morning were the numbered days. First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth day. There was no Seventh day as that was the day of rest. At the conclusion of the creation day it is recorded that God saw it was good...
Preparing to be productive, and ending out the day, often means we satisfy the needs of our body. Along with this it makes me think that God wants us to be satisfied and prepared at the beginning and the ending. Closing out the evening properly prepares us to be productive in the morning. This gives us the ability to be productive during the hours where we do not have to worry about sustenance.
Consider the ending of the day for a moment:
“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27 ESV)
The dove returned to Noah with an olive leaf… in the evening (Genesis 8:11), an answer to the solution sought for after many days on the flood waters.
So, how do we have a productive morning routine? You need to close down the prior evening properly.