I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest." Psalm 55:6
First of all, I just want to let everyone know that mornings are my favorite part of the day! I have always been a morning person and I think I will always be one. There is nothing better than a good cup of coffee and spending time with God. I am the type of person who will wake up at least two hours before I have to leave because I love taking my time in the mornings. I could sit on the couch all morning and watch the news. I know I am so boring. I get so stressed if I start the day off in a rush.
Speaking of stress, who isn't stressed? I constantly stress about school, work, money, doing the chores and having a perfectly clean house, being a good wife, eating healthy, and working out. Sometimes, I am so uptight I just can't enjoy my day. It's horrible. I get frustrated when I have to wait in lines at Wal-Mart, I hate driving behind a slow person...I pretty much hate it when people get in my way. How stupid is that? Many times I turn to unhealthy things to help relieve my stress. For example, I may turn to food, shopping, sleeping, etc. Then I think dang, now I need to workout to burn off those calories or I just slept two hours when I could have used that time to do homework. Then I am even more stressed.
Do you ever forget that Jesus was human just like us? I do all the time. Jesus had way more pressure on him than I ever thought about having. In Mark 1, Jesus taught those at the synagogue, healed the sick, and drove demons out of the possessed. It wasn't just one or two people Jesus healed, everyone in the town who was possessed or sick was brought to Jesus. Can you imagine how tired he was when he was finished? Jesus didn't sleep in the next day, or eat ice cream or go buy himself a new pair of shoes. "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." Jesus got up early to spend time with God! He went to a solitary place with no interruptions. This wasn't the only time this was mentioned in the Bible. Again in Luke 4 Jesus went to a solitary place to pray. So many times I wish I could just run away from my problems or I wish I had wings so I could fly away like the verse in Psalm 55. But I can't. I have to learn how to deal with stress because it will always be there.
This was such an awesome reminder to me. I think this is why I love mornings so much. It is a time for me to spend one-on-one time with God and relax before my busy day gets started. One thing I must remember is, it doesn't have to be in the mornings. I can spend time with God any time of the day. My goal this week is to pay attention to the times I get stressed and how I handle that stress. Instead of turning to unhealthy things, I must remember to turn to God.