By Jacqi Ballough
I'm that person: the morning person; the one who wakes up full of energy, playful, and ready to go. There’s something about waking to a fresh start with renewed mercy that brings me joy.
“His mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:23
“Weeping may last through the night but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5
When it’s time to wake my son, I will often begin singing the children’s song “Rise and shine and give God your glory, glory” while having any stuffed animal available walk along his sleeping back and legs.
Thankfully he’s a happy morning person too who normally wakes laughing to these antics and will even ask, “Do it again Mom!” With older age and more responsibilities now (also known as morning chores) the “fun” of the morning isn’t always received the same as when he was 6.
If a disgruntled response to my friendly wake-up call comes, I change tactics: “Get Up,” said with a smile of course, and a few nice barks from our dog.
“Get up.” The words seem simple but everyone, me included, has those days when they would rather snuggle under the covers. The mind is willing but the body can be weak and lazy, especially if the temperature drops below 60 degrees.
Joseph, Jesus’s earthly father, was one man who received the command to “Get up” with urgency. In fact, he was given the command twice by God and he responded immediately both times.
The first time the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and he was told to “Get up, and flee to Egypt with the child and his mother.” (Matthew 2:13) Joseph left for Egypt that night. He didn’t finish dreaming or sleeping. He woke his sleeping wife and baby and acted in total obedience. As a result, his family was saved and a prophecy was fulfilled.
The second command to “Get up and go” also came in a dream and yet again Joseph “immediately” left to return to Israel. (Matthew 2:19-21) Again, Joseph was rewarded with protection and another fulfilled prophecy.
In his position, I would probably have said, “Really God? Right now? How is this going to affect my family? My family has a life here. Shouldn't I pray about it more?”
I become comfortable and don't want to move but then I look at Joseph’s example and notice how he not only trusted God with the direction of his life, but the life of his family. He knew God as his family’s protector, was attuned to His voice, and acted in total obedience.
Lord, thank you for giving me outstanding examples of obedience and faith in your Word. Help me to demonstrate urgency like Joseph when you prompt me to move. Direct my daily steps and give me the energy to “Get up and go” even when I may rather stay put. I love you Lord and trust you to know what is best for me and my family.