Do you remember that old Gospel song, It’s a Great Gettin’ Up Morning (Fare ye well)? That refrain was in my head this morning when I awoke. I smiled and stretched, feeling light-hearted and ready to take on the day. But when I listened to the news with its tragic stories and gloomy predictions, I felt like going back to bed and pulling the covers over my head. Suddenly my burdens seemed too much to handle.
Sitting down with my Bible after breakfast, my eyes fell on the book of Lamentations where I read:
22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulnessLamentations 3:22-23 (KJV)
God’s mercies are unlimited, enough to tackle any problem. They are newly available every morning. Instead of allowing myself to moan about circumstances or live in dread of what the future might hold, how much more satisfying to greet each day with gratitude for the Lord’s love and blessings. Dwelling on the bad things in life doesn’t make them go away, just as fearing what tomorrow holds cannot change the future.
Every morning is a great gettin’ up morning when we bring our fears and burdens to God and let Him handle them for us.
Did you wake up this morning? Isn’t that great? Fare ye well, my friend.
This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)