What to Remember When the Alarm Clock Sounds

So sorry for the lack of posting this week.  My family and I went to visit my folks down in Houston and I made myself keep the laptop closed for a few days.  While I was down there I ran into a text in the Psalms that has refreshed my perspective on mornings… that time each day where every body part is reluctantly forced over the side of the bed to do it all over again.

Psalm 3:5 simply says, “I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.”  This verse is a blessing because it reminds us that each morning we open our eyes, it was on purpose.  Yes, it is on purpose for us, we do choose to wake up, but not unless God purposes to keep us alive throughout the night.  Think of it, for each moment you are sleeping, content in your most vulnerable state, God is actively keeping you breathing.  And if he has kept you breathing through another night, then he still has plans for your life.  You are here and not in heaven each morning you awake, so the God of glory and joy is not finished with you yet.

These thoughts can help change what, for many of us, is one of the most challenging parts of the day.  When the alarm clock sounds, remind yourself that your eyes are open here on earth because God was actively working to preserve your life for another day.  Because of God’s sustaining grace to us as we sleep, we should also remember that each day belongs to him.  So, as you go to hit the snooze button again, remember that the God of the universe is calling you to embrace the privilege of living life today the way you were intended to live it… his way for his glory.

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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