Early In The Morning-A Fresh Beginning
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”
One of my favorite flowers is the Morning Glory. It is a glorious flower that has a fresh beginning very early each morning as it unfolds into full bloom. Then after a few hours the petals usually begin to curl up. It was first known in China for its medicinal use. It was introduced to the Japanese in the 9th century, and they were the first to develop it as an ornamental flower.
My best-loved time of the day is very early in the morning. A fond memory of mine was my family's summer garden when I was young. A chain link fence lined the property line of the garden. The fence would be covered with prolific Morning Glory vines and flowers. The flowers were a brilliant periwinkle with a white sunburst in the middle and breathtaking golden yellow stamens in the center. I saw a remarkable site each morning when I looked outside to the garden, with the golden ray of sunshine peaking through the sky, and the sturdy vine with it's warm green leaves and the flowers fully opened with their faces looking upward to soak up the sun. It made each new day a sign of a fresh beginning.
An English author named Eleanor Farjeon appeared to appreciate the early morning when she wrote the words to a well-known hymn that was first published in 1931. The title is: “Morning Has Broken”. A few lines of the hymn are: “Morning has broken like the first morning...Mine is sunlight...Mine is the morning...Praise with elation, praise (every) morning, God's re-creation of the new day...”. Do you suppose that she had been inspired by the unfolding and re-creation of each petal of the Morning Glory when she wrote the words to the hymn?
An Unknown Author stated: “Mornings are created for us to see the beauty of life and to know there are people who care and pray”. In Genesis, Abraham rose up early one morning to hurry out to a place where he had “stood in the Lord's presence”. Jesus, like Abraham, arose very early one morning long before daybreak. He went alone to a solitary place which was described as being “the wilderness” to pray.
When a person rises early in the morning it is a perfect time to admire the beauty of a periwinkle Morning Glory, or to hear the first song of a bird singing, or to witness a bright and beautiful sunrise. Lexi Sully stated: “Sunrises are God's finger painting...A new masterpiece everyday...That make(s) even the birds smile.”
The best and most beautiful thing that a person can do very early in the morning, is to stand in the Lord's presence with your face looking upward as you pray with “praise with elation” of “God's recreation of the new day” with all of it's beauty. It is then that you will have a fresh beginning.
Almighty God, we praise You and thank You for creating the beauty of the very early mornings with the sunrise which gives us a fresh beginning. Amen.
~ Ann Brock