Cat Stevens couldn’t have sung it any better in 1971 than when he released Morning Has Broken. What a beautiful song – a tribute to God and one of his many gifts to us – nature.
If you listen to the lyrics, you’ll know Cat is singing praises for a new morning, a new day. I am always thankful to wake up to a brand new day.
At 5:45 in the morning with latte in hand, I went outside to have coffee with God. I sat on my favorite bench while it was still dark outside. As I chatted with Him about life and prayed for so many in need, morning started to break.
While it was still fairly dark, I could see the outline of a cat walking across my driveway. But wait – the tail was too fluffy, it was a raccoon! Then right behind him followed a smaller one, then another and one more! Four raccoons all in a line (momma with 3 little ones), scurried across the driveway heading for their den in my backyard. My day was just beginning, but they were “calling it a day”. A few minutes later I saw the first bird come out for his breakfast, it was a robin…he was truly the “early bird” catching the worm. Ten minutes later, other birds emerged for their morning meal.
How blessed I was to be able to celebrate this new day with God and his creatures. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, you can’t buy this kind of entertainment – it reminded me of that old saying: The best things in life are free.
Whenever I see the darkness give in to the first crack of dawn, a calming comes over me with overwhelming thankfulness that I am here once again to celebrate the new day ahead. Daily troubles don’t seem so harsh when I’m sitting out there watching a new day form. For better or for worse, it’s MY new day and I plan on seizing it at warp speed.
What better way to start off your day than with a cup of coffee and a chat with God in a quiet place in your home or outdoors. Whether it be on your balcony, patio or somewhere in your home, find a special spot to put a positive note on your day ahead and keep God by your side.