I do not understand the snooze button on an alarm clock. I never have.
To me, sleep only works when you’re actually sleeping.
The first beep of an alarm wakes me up. From that moment on, my mind is racing on into the day. I’m not sleeping; I’m thinking.
Worse yet, I’m thinking without actually doing anything about the million-and-one things I’m thinking about, which is a pretty stressful way to start the day: feeling like I’m already behind.
Snooze buttons only work for people who can fall asleep in two seconds and don’t mind sleeping in batches of 5 minutes at a time.
Since that isn’t me, it’s just a way for me to procrastinate my way into the morning and procrastination super-stresses me out.
But moms don’t get to dictate their sleep habits, sleep cycle, sleep hours, sleep anything. We’re just thankful for whatever sleep we get.
I’ve only needed an actual alarm clock a handful of times since I gave birth to my oldest child nearly 10 years ago. I have a new alarm clock called “Kids.”
Unfortunately, this new wake-up system has come fully equipped with nothing less than a human snooze button.
Baby wakes up.
Mom soothes baby and climbs back into bed.
Early bird child runs through the house to mom’s bed just minutes later to announce she’s awake, then returns to announce she is hungry, then returns to announce she cannot find the clothes she wants.
Mom looks at the clock and realizes no one else in the whole house is awake and yet this one tiny person is relentless in her pursuit of the day.
Mom tries so hard to go back to sleep but is quickly awakened by the older daughter’s alarm clock with its shrill, rhythmic beeping that does….not…..stop……for…….five…..whole ……minutes…… because the daughter who is actually in the actual room with the actual alarm clock is sleeping right through the noise.
This is the human snooze button system that started my day.
I’ve heard so many women say that all we need to do to bring God into the middle of our day is to start with prayer, right from the beginning. Before you get out of bed, just lie there for a minutes longer and pray for God’s hand to be on the day and for Him to help them be the best mom and wife that she can be and could He direct her steps and … and.. and….
But my life is louder than that. Crazier than that. Messier than that.
And yet, I still need His presence. Maybe because of all the noise and rush, I need His presence even more desperately than someone who can lie in the quiet and calm of a morning and spend a few extra minutes in uninterrupted prayer.
I sure need Jesus to be right here in the middle of my mess.
My days tend to take turns for the unexpected. The long, extended quiet time that I’ve been planning for three days hasn’t happened yet, because the phone rang, and I got a message, and the baby was teething, and…and…and….
But I read what a missionary wrote in his journal long ago:
“Poor and weak though we are, our abode is a very Bethel to our souls, and God we feel and know is here” (Richard Williams).
Bethel. That means “House of God.”
It’s the place where God’s presence dwells. That’s where Jacob saw the vision of the stairway connecting heaven and earth and the angels ascending and descending.
I’m reminded, then, that God’s presence right here in the middle of my life makes any situation, any morning, any messy day, any short quiet time in the parked minivan while waiting for my daughters outside of school… a Bethel for my soul.
Because God is here.
I’m still fighting for that extended quiet time. I know it will happen.
But even on days it doesn’t, I’m learning this month to “Do Messy Faith….” to pursue His presence on-the-go instead of waiting until all the circumstances are perfect to meet with Him. Because if I wait for perfect, then it won’t happen.
So I don’t have an hour to spend in quiet with the Bible. I have the Bible on my phone and my Kindle.
So I don’t have the luxury of a quiet morning wake-up. I have a human snooze alarm and I can whisper those prayers in between morning visits from my children.
Dear God, thank You for this day.
Dear God, guide me today.
Dear God, Your will be done, not mine.
Dear God, Please use me today.
Dear God, Please help me. I can’t do it alone.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.
Psalm 5:3 NKJV
What prayers do you whisper as you start your day?
To read more about this 12-month journey of pursuing the presence of Christ, you can follow the links below! Won’t you join me this month as I ‘Find the Sacred in the Ordinary’?
- Finding Room to Breathe: A 12-month pursuit of the presence of Christ
- January: Be Still and Know
- February: Pray Simply
- March: Unplug
- April: Enjoy Beauty
- May: Create Beauty
- June: Invest in Friendship
- July: Retreat and Refresh
- August: Learn to Say, “No”
- September: Learn When to Say, “Yes”
- October: Finding the Sacred in the Ordinary
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, is available now! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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