He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. Isaiah 50:4
Morning by morning the loving couple awakes. They greet the day together, watch the news, and have their breakfast. Morning by morning it's the same familiar routine. Lasting relationships are like that. They're built on routine. There are some exciting and sparkling moments maybe, but there is also lots of daily repetition.
Our relationship with God is daily, marked too by routine. Here and there, now and again, come high and holy moments. Maybe in some unique worship with thousands gathered to rally around the cross, sometimes in deeply moving moments of quiet, alone with our prayers in the middle of the night, we sense that we are in the presence of our God. But mostly our dealings with God are routine, built on repetition, the familiar, and even the droll.
The depth of a relationship is determined more often than not by what happens "morning by morning." That's true in our relationship with God. Waking with Him, facing the same old routine with Him, plodding step-by-step with Him over the long and sometimes tedious haul is how our relationship with our Lord is forged and deepened and strengthened. And over the long haul, step-by-step with Him, is how we come to the gates that usher us into eternal life.
PRAYER: Lord, with you I begin and with you I will end the day; in Jesus' name. Amen.
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