This morning- as is the case most mornings- my three year old crawled into bed beside me before dawn and well before I was anywhere near ready to be dragged out of my deep and pleasant sleep. If only he would just lie still, I don't mind an early morning cuddle with my little man, but he will squirm!! And talk! I'd even be happy to let the talk roll over me, replying with the odd grunt or "Hmmm" while I slowly surfaced from the depths- but he wants real answers to his observations. "It's raining, Mum.... Do you see its raining?" "Hmmm" "You're not looking, Mum. I can see that you're not looking!... MUM!! WAKE UP! It's nearly morning...."
I have to say that my reaction is often very human...
This morning I had to think of these words:
"The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakens morning by morning, he wakens my ear to hear as the learned." Isaiah 50:4
That is my heart's desire: even if physically it is my son who wakes me, that my ear is tuned to listen as one who wants to learn what God's plan is for me on this new day. Starting with being able to speak to my little boy with words of encouragement even before I wake properly to hear- interesting to note the order here! If I'm faithful every day to "hear as the learned", I'm already able to "speak a word in season to him that is weary", even before I've begun the new day's instruction! ...and even if I'm a bit weary myself!