"My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me." And my heart responds "Lord, I am coming." -Psalms 27:8 (NLT)
So, how in the world do I explain those days when I roll over and push the snooze button every 9 minutes until I realize I've missed out on my time with God? What's that about? I have so much to look forward to - reading His word, praying, giving Him my burdens, and yet I choose to sleep through it sometimes. Oh, I pay for it dearly (as does my poor family, I might add!). But inevitably, there comes a day more often than I care to admit, that I do the exact opposite of what my heart really wants to do.
I'm so glad God is gracious and loving and forgiving. And that He doesn't base His love for me on my works, but by His mercy. I would be in big trouble were it not for His unconditional love.
A wise woman once said to me, "Leslie, if you are having a hard time waking up for your quiet times with the Lord, think of Him sitting on your couch, looking at His watch, eagerly waiting for you to come out and spend some time with Him. Maybe He's petting your dog. Maybe He's eagerly tapping His foot in anticipation! Whatever He's doing, He's doing it because He just can't stand to be away from you for one more minute."
I love that. It doesn't make me feel guilty or obligated at all - it makes me feel loved and that the God of the Universe is expecting a visit from me and He has much to share with me and it can't wait! And it's true - He waits for me. And He waits for you!
I've never in my life heard anyone say "Gee, I wish I hadn't gotten up so early each day to spend time with God - what a waste of time." Nope. And I never will. I promise you, if you are having a hard time getting up early to spend time with your Father in Heaven, He will give you the grace you need to get up (even if you're not a morning person!) and not only will you get a fresh, new word from Him each day, but you will find that you are more aware of Him in every day life. He will fill your life with His presence.
Getting up early and spending time with God is like getting dressed for the day. Who would go out into battle without getting dressed in their armor first? Spending time with God first each day ensures we are ready for whatever life brings.