It may come as a surprise to you but my kids are usually the ones to wake up before me. At the early hours of the morning I can hear one of my daughters calling me to wake up. That is, if she’s not already next to me “gently” slapping me on the cheek, saying “Daddy, get up, it’s daytime.” It is sweet but I hope mommy’s cheek is being poked next. All jokes aside, I do love it. Our kids are excited to start their day and the first thing they do, is wake up their parents. They want to talk and play. They depend on us to get them ready, fed, dressed, etc. Our girls are also eager to hear about the plan for the day (at least our older one, she’s four).
The relationship with my daughters has made me consider my relationship with my heavenly Father. Specifically the morning routine, or rather the lack of it. See, sometimes, me calling: “daddy” or poking God for attention doesn’t happen until way after breakfast, maybe even not until driving to work, or already half-way through my shift. I want to wake up excited to be able to pray to God again, just like my daughters want to talk to me. I want to eagerly seek God’s plan for the day. I want to await His instruction before I even climb out of bed. I want to be fully dependant on God every single day, as children are on their parents.
Naturally as the day goes on, so does the relationship. My kids don’t stop needing, wanting, looking for me around the house. Of course most of the time they just want to be fed. It seems there is no end to how much food my little one can eat. I want that same attitude toward God. I need to be running to His word and be fed. I don’t want to think any issue is to small to take to him. My girls certainly don’t think anything is to small. I don’t want to miss a chance to thank Him for taking care of me or an opportunity to ask for His help.
At last, as my girls go to sleep they are excited for the next day and so should I. Who knows what my heavenly daddy has for me? It is my prayer and intention to seek God first thing in the morning and have faith as a little child.
Matthew 18:3 “And said 'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.'”