How do you generally greet each morning? There are really two kind of people, those who say, “Good morning, Lord!” and those who say, “Good Lord, it’s morning!”
Some of you might be thinking that this depends on whether or not you have had a cup of coffee, or a shower, or if you got enough sleep.
My concern here—and personal experience—is that if you depend on circumstances of any kind, or controlling your environment, it’s going to be hit and miss. The most significant thing that you can control is your perspective.
For example, are you disciplining yourself to give thanks each morning for 5 blessings. You may not feel like giving thanks every morning, and that’s okay. Do it anyway. This ritual will help tune your perspective toward God’s faithfulness. When God is on your side, it’s going to be a good day.
Looking at your agenda for the day through the lens of faith makes all the difference. Things are not always what you see or anticipate. God has better and bigger purposes. His mercy is gracious and understanding. His wisdom knows perfect answers and best direction. He turns weakness into strength. He opens closed doors.
She was a pregnant mommy overwhelmed with what she was facing. Her world was turned upside down. Mary was told that God was changing her life because she’d miraculously give birth to Jesus even though she wasn’t married yet. Yet how did she greet the morning?
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name” (Luke 1:46-49).
Take note, she says this is what is. Today. Right now. I’m glad. God deserves glory. It’s a good morning. How can she say that?
Because of what has already happened. She is basing her perspective on God’s past performance. He has been mindful of her, He knows her, He loves her. He has done great things for her. Which means, she expects him to continue to do those things.
So Mary rejoices, “from now on.” She believes what will be true that day, and the next day, and forever. She will be blessed, because God is faithful and keeps his promises.
Do a little work on your morning routine, connecting it more closely to God’s work for that day.
PRAYER: Good morning, Lord! This is the day you have made, so I’m glad. Today I will face challenges and temptations. Your saving love faces them on my behalf. Your faithful promises lead my way. You’ve also made me for this day, so I’m ready. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Read and reflect in meditation on the entire Song of Mary in Luke 1:46-55. Spend time in prayer (praise, repent, ask, yield), inspired by Mary’s words to rejoice about what God has done, is going, and will do.