I have discovered that the first part of the morning before the world is quite awake is the best time to sit and listen to the still voice of God. I’ve never been a morning person and consider it my “sacrifice of praise” when I am able to get up before the sun: the reward so much greater than my sacrifice of sleep. Connecting with the very Source of Life is vital if I am to meet the demands of the day with excellence.
Martin Luther was once quoted as saying, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” In all transparency, I don’t normally spend that much time praying first thing in the morning, but Luther certainly seemed to have his priorities straight. He understood the importance of being continually filled to overflow with the Spirit of God before meeting his day head-on. History tells us that though he experienced his fair share of trials, he was certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Since I’m such a visual person, I love the imagery of the verse above. As a mother of three the “womb of the morning” speaks deeply to me of nurturing, growth, and protection. It speaks of birthing something new into the earth. It can be a stretching, growing, groaning place. Ask any mother 36 weeks pregnant and she’ll tell you how anxious she is to meet her new child and how long that last month seems!
The womb is also a place of promise and legacy. It is a passing of strength from one generation to another and the very beginning of our identity. As the Father’s redeemed children we are to develop in the womb of His love for us until we are transformed into His very image. We come into this natural world as children, and He calls us to come in the humility and spirit of a well-loved child to enter the Kingdom of God.
“Then He said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.’”
Matthew 18:3 NLT
Studying dew gives us another beautiful perspective. Dew refreshes the earth. It does not arrive as rain from a storm but comes gently upon the earth in the early morning hours. In the book of Exodus, we see manna arrive with the early morning dew. Many references in the Bible indicate that dew is a blessing from God.
“May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness– an abundance of grain and new wine.”
As the “dew of His youth” we become a refreshing presence to the people around us. This happens through ongoing relationship and abiding with our Father. Only when we ourselves have been refreshed by His presence can we bring refreshment to others. Just like the woman at the well (John 4), to those who draw near He gives truth, understanding, and the revelation that His well never runs dry. To the weary soul He bids, “Come, drink.”
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
As you’ll notice, I’ve spoken to the last part of the verse before the first. This is no mistake. In order for any of us to become “volunteers in the day of His power,” we must be developed in the womb of His love for us and come forth in the gentleness of dew to water and nurture the earth.
It is no mistake that you are reading this today. So many that I know are going through the motions and feel inadequate to meet the demands of the day, much less be “volunteers in the day of His power.” You’re tired, worn out and burned out, and many of you have felt as if you’ve been drug through the past few years. Many of you are crying out for breakthrough in your homes, communities and businesses. God sees you and has not forsaken you. This is a time to come back to the table of His provision, pick up your trowel and sword like Nehemiah rebuilding the wall and FIGHT. This is a time to raise your weary head, trusting that God has an answer to the needs all around you. Be still, get rested, and get equipped for this coming season of ministry. Push away the many distractions this season has brought and pray that God will show you the best things to invest your time, talents and resources in right now. We need your piece of the puzzle. We need all hands on deck.
“Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”
2 Corinthians 6:4-10 NIV
I’d like to encourage you today. The trials you have come through are creating a weightier glory and strength in your life than you can possibly imagine. Everything that has happened to you up until now has served to equip you and strengthen you for the days ahead. Our Father is wise as well as loving, and knows just how to hone his children into weapons of righteousness in His right hand and in His left through our struggles and pain. Nothing you have endured is wasted. Trust Your Father and trust the process.
He is and always will be the source of our transformation.
Lori Anderson-Bowen is the Charleston SC-C3 Intercessory Prayer Coordinator. She is passionate about hearing the voice of God and seeing people walk in freedom daily through the ministry of prayer. Lori is also a business partner with SC-C3 and the proud owner of Andowen Photography. You can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.