Being a slight technophobe I was putting off the day when I would need to replace my dying mobile phone. I finally went into the shop with my husband and son, and there I was faced with a seemingly vast array of choice. Eventually we went home with a phone which my son tried to reassure me was very straightforward. He was keen to set it all up for me, but I firmly explained that I needed to do it myself in order to learn, and that I would ask him if I got stuck. Inevitably both he and I were soon locked into a position of irritation, impatience and argument! By the evening I had (with his help!) set up the phone to do all sorts of fancy things, although I still didn’t know how to make or answer calls. But I had had enough for that day and resolved to work more at it tomorrow. However, I did try setting the alarm for the morning to see if it worked.
My previous phone had a very loud, aggressive alarm – but not this one! I was feeling a bit groggy the next morning as I was fighting off a cold, but was greeted by some very gentle, quiet bell-like music which gradually got louder. When I went to switch off the alarm some words ran across the screen “Good morning, it’s time to wake up.” “It loves me! My phone loves me!” I cried out. My husband dryly responded that I had finally bonded with my phone!
Why did I respond like that, I asked myself? It’s only a phone and of course it doesn’t love me! What’s wrong with me to think like that! The words of the above Psalm came immediately to mind. God knows and loves me. He knows when I lie down, He knows when I wake and He is watching over me. He says “Good morning Sue, it’s time to wake up” with all the love there is in His heart. He knows how I am feeling in that vulnerable moment of consciousness as I wake to start the day. I can know His comfort and His blessings, which are new every morning. I am safe and loved. Good morning, Lord.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you know me intimately, so much so that you watch when I lie down, when I sleep and when I wake. There is nothing about me that you don’t know about and yet you love me deeply. You totally understand me and I am safe in your care. Help me to remember this each day as I wake. Amen.
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