O What a Beautiful Morning

  • April 12, 2018
  • #9379

It may be difficult to get going in the morning, but God meets us with mercy and grace, so we can “rise and shine”.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a word as you wake up in the morning!

For me, mornings are often the most difficult time of the day. It didn’t used to be that way. When I was a child, I would hear my mother call from downstairs, “Rise and shine!” She sounded so upbeat and cheery; no wonder I threw back the covers to race downstairs for breakfast. With her happy greeting, my mom set a great attitude for the morning. I wish I could say it were that way now.

Because now the aches and pains of lying in one position—paralyzed all night in bed—well, it can make waking up so difficult, so hard. Now that I'm in my 60’s, my wheelchair seems more of a challenge than at any other time before. I try to fight off feeling groggy; just getting into the day can be a very slow process. And maybe you can identify, perhaps you wake up stiff and sore and it’s all you can do to get yourself to the shower without crawling back in bed in pain. Well, if that is you, I have a verse for not only you but me too. It’s from Isaiah Chapter 60, verse 1 and it says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” Wow! It’s God's way of saying “Rise and shine!” In fact, I just bet that phrase has its origins in Isaiah 60; what do you think?

My friend Lynn Severance writes about this. She, too, struggles with getting going in the morning, getting her stiff joints to start moving, and getting her mind in gear. She wrote me and said, “I must own the truth of Isaiah Chapter 60, verse 1. I must pray, ‘O Lord, I don’t really rise and shine now that I'm older. I try, but it is such hard work. I am grateful for the day, but how can I be grateful for how I feel? I want to return to loving this scripture from Isaiah, because I so want to appreciate the mornings as I once did in the past.’ But as I meditate on this scripture, it occurs to me that the glory of the Lord is upon me, whether I feel it or not. This Bible verse tells me that the glory of the Lord rises upon me with each new day.” Wow!

What a good reminder that is for me and it’s why often now as I wheel out the front door to face the morning you’ll hear me singing “O what a beautiful morning, O what a beautiful day; I’ve got a beautiful feeling everything’s going Gods way.” I want to invite the light of Christ to illuminate my day! The Bible assures me that “My light has come,” so every morning I’m going to tell my soul to come into alignment with the Word of God; stand at attention and appreciate the gift of this day that God has given. For me, as my girlfriends get me dressed and sit me up in my wheelchair, I tell my heart to listen to Isaiah Chapter 60 and answer the call of God on my life. And friend, I’m encouraging you to do the same. Time and again, as you look back on your life, God has met you with the dawning of every new day. His mercies are new every morning, the Bible says, and He graciously pours out those mercies on you, so you have every reason to “arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”

And hey, if you have a disability and you find you need prayer to start your day off on the right foot, then let us hear your prayer request on my radio page at joniandfriends.org. We will pass on your prayer request to our morning staff prayer team. And tomorrow morning it’s “rise and shine”—a very biblical thing to do!

Previously aired as Program #8086 on 4/29/13.

© Joni and Friends



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