Wake up to love

 

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Who has an alarm song? Do you wake up to an annoying and persistent beep-beep-beep, or a duck quack, or does your alarm blast out one of your favorite tunes in the wee hours of the morning to motivate you to get out of bed?

My husband sets our alarm every night. It has been his job since we were newlyweds in our tiny studio apartment in St. Louis. I don’t know how he got this job. Every night he would flip a switch on our old-school clock radio, make sure it was tuned to a local rock station, and climb into bed next to me. At 6am our alarm would sound to a roll of the dice, either an alternative grunge rock hit or a loud obnoxious DJ with morning pizazz. You can see why we were really excited when the iPhone alarm transformed our lives and we could pick the song we wanted for our morning wake up call. It’s still my husband’s job, but now he picks a song, inputs it into the alarm settings and voila – praise music is our jam at 6am.

There are still limits to this set up. Dave picks the song, but at some point both of us are like, “If I have to wake up to Mandisa singing Good Morning one more time…” “If I have to hear the Sidewalk Prophets reminding me that He Loves Me Anyway for the fortieth time…” It’s a ridiculous reaction, but I bet many of you are as friendly to get out of bed in the morning as we are, and at some point you’d like to tell these sweet artists who offer their beautiful songs to zip it, simply because it’s 6am.

God thinks of mornings a little differently than I do. In God’s economy each day is fresh, not the repetition of a long ago set alarm. In fact, God, Himself, awakens us each day. He is our Dawn and our Bright Morning Star, bidding us to rise.

Let’s read Isaiah 50:4-7 to hear a new message this day.

The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
    him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;
    he awakens my ear
    to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious;
    I turned not backward.
I gave my back to those who strike,
    and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
    from disgrace and spitting.

But the Lord God helps me;
    therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
    and I know that I shall not be put to shame.

This passage, again, like so many in Isaiah, is a prophecy of The Servant, aka Jesus. Jesus is the one who is never rebellious, who inclines His ear to the Father’s calling, not just once, not when he needed it, but every time. Because of His work for our salvation, we can have a relationship with God where His mercies are new to us. He wakes us every morning, the Father’s gentle breath of forgiveness on our face before we even roll out of bed. He makes us ready for our callings in the wee hours, whether that’s 6am, 11am, 4pm, or 11pm.

Scripture tells us that the Father, unlike my blaring alarm, is found in the gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12), but sometimes he’ll use trumpet blasts to wake me up to His presence (Acts 16:26). However He chooses, He does awaken. Our passage in Isaiah reminds us that He is really the one who Wakes. He sustains our eyes to open, our breath to refresh us, our muscles to strengthen us for the day ahead.

We awaken because He determined that this day is for His work.

When I take that first cognizant breath in, that’s the Spirit, letting me know that God has designed this day for me as His child to go forth. He has plans for me. He’s not finished with me yet.

And what is the work of each new day?

“The Lord has given me the tongue of those who are taught that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary…”

Jesus in us, means that we wake up to love.

We wake up to say, “I am loved.”

We wake up to say, “Who needs His love.”

We wake up to reach His Hand into the lives of those who need His fresh breath in their lives.

We wake up to Love.

Christ woke up from the tomb. He did not stay underneath the covers of darkness and sin and shame. He rose up on that bright morning in the garden many years ago, and that bright morning lives in us to reach a weary world each and every day.

“He awakens my ear to hear…”

Wake up to Love today. You, yourselves, are so very much valued and treasured. Go and share it with a world who does not know morning, like we know morning. Wake up to Love.

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Exploration:

What time do you wake up most mornings? What is your usual morning routine?

What would or do you choose for an alarm song or sound?

What does the message of “Wake up to Love” speak to in your life?

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5 thoughts on “Wake up to love”

  1. Work days I get up between 530 and 6a. Wkends well whenever my body says okay you’ve been here long enough. A roll out of bed usually follows a shower, get dressed, get things ready for work and then for a few minutes a little time on your blog….or sometime that morning. My alarm clock is beep beep not music. That puts me back to sleep. Waking up to love is a positive way of saying the Sun is up and the Son of God is ready to get me going in the morning to help me spread his word.,… Course there are many days that doesn’t always apply. Its more like after I’m up a while and can ease into the day like the wkends and have quiet time before going anywhere. Work day mornings not always the easy ones to wake feeling like that. Your blog is one thing I do look forward to every morning tho. Thank you for that and my sister in Christ (Elisabeth Tessone).

  2. On school days I wake up between 6:15 & 6:30 am. I get myself and my lunch ready for the day, and my husband takes me to school so my son can use the other car for classes at the tech school and the high school. On Saturdays I can usually sleep in. On Sundays I get up around 7:30 or so to myself and sometimes dinner ready before Bible class and church.

    I have a beeping alarm so I’m sure to wake up, but I would maybe choose the song All is Well by Michael W Smith. It’s on a Christmas album, but the message fits all the time I think.

    The message Wake up to Love tells me that I don’t have to be weary or dread any days because God is with me always and has a purpose for my days.

  3. I get up at 6:00 or 6:15 during the week. I have Bible/prayer time while I drink my tea. Then I exercise, get ready, eat breakfast, & help my kids with schoolwork.

    My alarm music is the hymn Awake My Heart With Gladness.

    Wake up to Love means that God daily bears my burdens, I am never alone, & that He is eager to forgive me.

  4. I love what you write about in God’s economy, every day is fresh. I completely agree. My morning routine is currently changing because I recently got married 🙂 I’m trying to modify the ‘old one’ so that it can accommodate two people and not just one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

    1. Congratulations, Cody! The first year of marriage is such a blessing and holds so much change, which can be challenging. The Lord guide you both as you grow together and in Him!

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