Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I Met God in the Morning

I met God in the morning
when the day was at its best,
And His Presence came like sunrise,
Like a glory in my breast.

All day long the Presence lingered,
All day long He stayed with me,
And we sailed in perfect calmness
O'er a very troubled sea.

Other ships were blown and battered,
Other ships were sore distressed,
But the winds that seemed to drive them,
Brought to me a peace and rest.

Then I thought of other mornings,
With a keen remorse of mind,
When I too had loosed the moorings,
With the presence left behind.

So, I think I know the secret,
Learned from many a troubled way:
You must seek Him in the morning
If you want Him through the day!

I have found that to be true in my life. I make it a practice to get up every morning and get on my knees and pray. Not in a legalistic way, but in humility I seek His face and admit to Him that I can do nothing without Him and need His wisdom and guidance to see me through the day. I ask God to fill me with His Spirit so that I might bear the fruits of righteousness and to teach me by His grace to say no to unrighteousness. By faith, I trust that God has given me all that I have asked for and then I go out to face the world. I have found that when I do this, I have peace and rest in stormy seas, but when I don't seek God in the morning, it's like the poem says...I get blown and battered

Has anyone else noticed this in their walk?

Poem by Bishop Ralph Cushman


Anonymous said...

Yes. This is true for me, too. It is so important to seek Him, in sincerity, at the beginning of the day. The days that I do go smoothly and are filled with peace. Those days that I don't seek Him first are filled with chaos and many things going wrong. I love God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.


Ardith Carroll said...

On the mornings that I fill my thoughts with God's presence, I definitely have experienced His protection. I "bring these [things] into my experience proportionately to their occupance of your [my] thought." Amazing things have happened to me because of my turning to God. And when I did not turn to Him, (recognize His Power and Love) I have encountered terrible problems. I am sad for those who have not learned this.