I woke this morning with a song in my mind that, well, that seems fitting to start any day. The verse that has been running through my head says, “In the morning, when I rise; In the morning, when I rise. In the morning, when I rise; Give me Jesus!” The song has made me think about the days when I consciously choose Jesus at the start of the day compared to the ones that I don’t. It’s not that I’m rejecting Jesus on any of the days, at least not deliberately, it’s just that there are days that I let the hectic pace of life push Jesus to the side. When that happens at any time, but particularly at the start of a day, it isn’t long before my attitude and priorities begin to slide in a direction that isn’t productive to me or anyone else.
While choosing Jesus has to be a continual commitment, doing so when I rise each morning helps set the standard for the decisions that will come throughout the day. Scripture says that “His mercies are new each morning” and it does me well to recognize and lay claim to the application of that in my life. When I seek Jesus at the start of each day, I am made more aware of His presence because I’m looking for it. While Jesus has promised to never leave or forsake His children, I have a choice as to how much I acknowledge and welcome that presence each day. I believe that a practice of seeking God that includes a deliberate request each “morning when I rise, give me Jesus!”, prepares us for the final verse of the song, “When it’s time to die; O, when it’s time to die. When it’s time to die; give me Jesus!”
As I said earlier, some days are easier to remember my need to seek Jesus when I rise. For me, being up to see the beauty of God’s creation in the early morning hours serves as a visible reminder of His presence and fills me with a desire to seek Him. The photo below is from a recent trip to northwest Ohio where I was able to watch the sun rise over Lake Erie and be reminded, “In the morning, when I rise; In the morning when I rise. In the morning, when I rise; Give me Jesus!”
It is my prayer that you and I would desire and seek Jesus at all times and particularly each morning when we rise.