by: DALE NESSMITH
“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22,23
When God sends us a new day, He dresses it with His glory. The morning is the best part of the day because it brings freshness and new grace. After we have rested, we are ready to be tested. The trials and temptations any given day will bring will be easier to handle when we’ve been bathed in morning glory. Even though God is with us 24/7 and we are to praise and think of Him morning, noon and night, it’s in the mornings that we’ll reflect the most light.
It’s easy for us to miss the morning glory because we let the day overwhelm us, or our soft mattresses and cozy covers spoil us. Morning Glory should be considered, even cultivated in every Christian’s life. Usually what happens in the morning sets the tone and tempo for the remainder of the day. Dieticians say that the most important meal for healthy bodies is breakfast. Twinkies, doughnuts and Cocoa Puffs won’t carry you through the day like granola, Wheaties, or grits and eggs will. I have found that if I do anything productive and worthwhile in a day, it’s done in the morning. Often, what we don’t do in the morning doesn’t get done at all.
The beauty of a morning is a lot like a flower. You really can’t describe a flower to somebody; they have to see the flower to appreciate its beauty. Also, most flowers don’t last long. They fade away quickly.
“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” Psalm 103:15,16
Likewise, a morning doesn’t wait for us. If we’re late, the morning won’t wait, it has a set departure time and if we’re not at the Divine Terminal, we’ll miss a glorious sight and a breathtaking faith flight. It may be true that nothing good happens after midnight, but it is for sure that something good always happens in the morning. The ‘crack of dawn’ proves that God uses small things to reveal His Glory and Grace. I usually get up before daylight. Have you ever stood on your deck or in your yard and looked up at the stars and moon in the sky just before the morning breaks? The morning glory is not just a cup of coffee, it’s a cup of God’s mercy and love that is so filled that it runs over! Yes, God serves breakfast every morning.
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Psalm 23:5
There is really a flower called morning glory. This flower doesn’t have to be planted. It is a vine, and it is often a nuisance when it grows in agriculture fields or gardens. It is a beautiful flower though and shows off in various colors like red, blue and purple. Morning glories prove that our problems can be beautiful in their own ways and that God makes the weakest thing about us to be our greatest strength. Morning glories only bloom in the morning though. They will be beautiful, open displays of color and fragrance in the morning, but in the afternoon all you will see is the vine.
Recently, I noticed morning glories growing in a plot of wildflowers I had planted along the roadside in a vacant area not encompassed by my pasture fence. It is good to plant flowers in the vacant places in our lives too! If we don’t plant something beautiful in those places something ugly will sprout there, like weeds and worries.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are hon- est, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
People may see these flowers and think good thoughts and the butterflies will be there to flutter in the beauty and to taste the fragrance of God’s amazing creation. And if nobody notices, not even a butterfly – God sees it. The only thing God shares His glory with is the morning.
What got my attention though to this flower spot was that in the morning, there were beautiful, deep purple flowers mixed in with the yellow, orange, and red zinnias and sunflowers, but in the afternoon, the purple flowers had mysteriously disappeared. I found out that the purple flowers are
morning glories. I did not plant them but they are there. They bloom only in the morning and they are beautiful whether I or anyone else sees them or not. Each morning God sends is a manifestation of His Glory. We did not have anything to do with creation; it’s God’s work. God created man after He created everything else and then he gave man the great privilege and responsibility to dress and keep what He had made. The Genesis story of creation teaches the best part of the day and the best way to find our way is experiencing God’s Morning Glory.
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31
Notice how God describes the creation order. “... and the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Normally we would say or think about a day as “morning and evening.” What God is teaching us is that rest comes before work. The morning glory of our salvation lies in the finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the cross. His resurrection sealed the serenity of our servitude to a Holy God, providing us a settled rest so that we now can labor for The Master, not to be His people, but because we are His people. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith, revealing the True Light of the world in the fashion of Morning Glory!
“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepul- chre.” John 20:1
The morning is glorious, bringing a new start, new grace, new challenges and new opportunities to serve the Lord and others. The dew on the grass in the morning reminds us that God’s merciful love is renewed every day, coming from Heaven in the still and darkness to settle in secret right at our own back door. Every sunrise fills the air with joy. And no matter if the sky is filled with storm clouds, nor our days are full of trouble and pain, the Morning Glory of the “Son” rise of the Lord Jesus Christ ought to keep us singing. Why, even the birds know that morning glory is the best time of the day, for that’s when they seem to sing the most.
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
No matter how dark the night, how hopeless the case; the morning is coming and it’s going to be glorious. God makes the morning just for us. Every sunrise is a display of God’s sustaining power to uphold His beautiful universe and we ought not to miss so many of them. And, when God sends His Morning Glory in the form of a gift of a new day, He also sends every grace giving strength for the day He has made. The very fact that God sends a new day should cause us to rejoice and be happy no matter what the day brings. When it sinks in that “this is the day that the Lord has made,” the supernatural response surely will be, “I will be glad and rejoice in it.” Enjoy the glory of each morning. It will fill your heart with joy and get you started in the right attitude direction. A good dose of Morning Glory will cure the mully grubs and prevent grouchiness.
There is a wonderful hymn we sing in church sometimes entitled “I’ll Meet You in the Morning.” The song is actually about Heaven and how we’ll all be together for a meeting in the sky.
“I will meet you in the morning,
by the bright river side,
when all sorrow has drifted away,
I’ll be standing at the portals
when the gates open wide
at the close of life’s long dreary day.”
“I’ll meet you in the morning,
in the sweet by and by,
and exchange the old cross for a crown,
there will be no disappointments
and nobody shall die
in that land where life’s sun goeth down.”
“I will meet you in the morning,
at the end of the way,
on the streets of that city of gold;
where we all can be together
and be happy for a while
the years and the ages shall roll.”
The chorus has parts and its hard for me to know which part is mine when I try to sing it. Morning Glory has parts too — God has done His part by bringing it to us and He has made our part easy. All we have to do is be
there. You see, the morning is really a meeting place. It’s an easy place to find and a glorious place to be. The sun may not rise at the same time every day, but it rises in the same place! The Christian life is not a boring life with nothing to do. Every Christian has a meeting to attend every morning.
The most important meeting to make is a meeting with God. We need His instructions and approval for the tasks at hand. We’ll appreciate that time a lot during the heat of the day and when the obstacles are in our way. Living in this world is like trying to walk through a field of buried land mines. We don’t know where the danger lies, but Jesus does. A meeting with God is needful since we can’t even walk without holding His hand. It’s really a miracle, even more miraculous than the Morning Glory, that God would invite us to meet with Him, given the sinners we are and the sins we commit every day. We must remember that His mercy and love is renewed every morning not because we have been good, but because His Son Jesus Christ died in our place on the cross. The shed blood of Christ for us, like the blood on the door posts of the Israelites’ houses in Egypt, caused the wrath of God to pass over us just so we could make the Morning Glory meeting.
Meeting with God is probably best expressed as prayer. Prayer is appropriate, even necessary all during the day (and night), yet a first thing in the morning talk with God gets the inner man, the spiritual, going. It seems like when I get up in the morning, I have to have a cup of coffee before I can do anything else. Maybe it’s the caffeine in the coffee that gives us a kick, but for sure it’s the desperation and despair that keeps us filling our cups with prayer. Jesus Christ is the Glory of God. His commitment to fulfill His mission to live a sinless life on earth, always doing His Father’s will, then going to the cross at Calvary and paying the sin debt of all those whom the father had chosen and given to Him by His death there, surely glori- fied God and justified His people. However, Jesus was also a ‘morning person’ in a sense, for He is called in the Bible, the Bright Morning Star. He not only teaches us how to pray, but He also emphasizes the im- portance of morning prayer.
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35
I really don’t like to look at myself in a mirror, especially in the morning. But when I wash my face with grace and get the sleep out of my eyes, I am pleasantly surprised that God has let me live to see another day and he’s given me strength to get out of the bed to face myself. Even though I see more wrinkles, scars and gray hairs than I used to, I know that God loves me, warts and all! Meeting yourself is Morning Glory because when we are honest with ourselves, we know that God has made all the difference in our lives. We know that apart from the grace of God we could well be an addict, adulterer, and murderer just to name a few categories whose files would be open without God. Actually, when we look in the mirror in the morning, we are looking at a miracle of God. We are seeing a person who was dead but is now alive. We are looking into the eyes of a soul that was red and dark as crimson, but has been made white as snow. That my friends, is Morning Glory!
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
The best way to really get a clear view of yourself is to read the Bible. Not only does the Word of God tell it like it is, has been, and will be, the Word also tells us who we are, where we come from and where we are going. Sometimes the toughest face to face is your own. Most of the time the
biggest problem we have is ourselves. Some people don’t like reading the Bible because the truth sometimes hurts. But when we face ourselves in the mirror of God’s Word, it frees us from so much “stuff” and it comforts us by
showing us that God is enough. Also, facing ourselves, meeting with self, keeps us from forgetting our meeting with God and hearing His instructions. Meet yourself every morning in God’s Word and Morning Glory will make your day a God day and help you live it God’s way.
“For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” James 1:23,24
Meet Your Problems
After we meet with God and ourselves, the next Morning Glory meeting we need to make is with our problems. If I need surgery or a root canal, I’d rather get it done first thing. It’s best to go ahead and do what you don’t want to do first, if what you don’t want to do is what you ought to do. When I was growing up, I had to eat everything on my plate, so I learned the best way to do that was to eat what I liked the least first. So I would eat spinach and broccoli before I ate the fried chicken and sweet potatoes. Some people eat their dessert first, but I think it’s more glorious eaten last.
When David faced the giant Goliath, he got ready for the fight ear- ly in the morning. And when Abraham had to face the great problem of killing his son Isaac according to God’s command, he didn’t toss and turn for more covers, nor did he check out his flocks, or try to finagle his way out of dealing with the dilemma; he met the problem early in the morning and he
saw the Morning Glory of the sacrificial lamb take the place of his son Isaac.
“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.” Genesis 22:3
Morning Glory is a meet and greet sacred moment that enables us to smile at anyone and anything God puts in our path of the day. When we meet God, meet ourselves and meet our problems, we have given God the best part of the day and we are better prepared to say, “Good morning Lord” rather than “Good Lord! It’s morning.”