A Great Day
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he (Jesus) got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, "Everyone is searching for you." He answered, "Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do." And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Mark 1: 35-39 (NRSV)
Cassius Rhue is from South Carolina. "I'm overwhelmed," he confessed to his boss. He had fallen behind on a number of projects at home and at work. Each day seemed to bring a new high-priority issues to his email inbox, his desk at work, or his front door; and he had gotten off track. After listening for a few minutes, his boss replied, "Every morning, I get up early and decide on the one thing that I have to do today in order to have a great day." He realized he was late for another meeting, so he abruptly ended his time with Cassius. Cassius stayed behind pondering his words and wondering which of the many emails, appointments, meetings, tasks from home, or verbal requests was his "one thing" for the day.
In today's scripture, Jesus got up early - before the disciples stirred or the crowds appeared. In those early hours, he spent time with God. as Cassius read this verse, he felt God showing him once more that "the one thing that he has to do today in order to have a great day" is to start his day letting God love him and loving God in return.
Starting his day with God's word and God's love has made all the difference. Instead of being anxious and overwhelmed, Cassius has a great day when he begins it with God.
How about you and me? Would our days be better if we started out spending even a few minutes with God? I believe they would. The days that I do take time to spend with God are better days than the days that I don't have time.
Prayer: Father God, when life's demands distract us, help us to remember the importance of spending regular time in your presence, in Jesus' name, amen.