by Gloria Furman
If I remember to put the water in the reservoir, scoop grounds into the basket (and not directly into a mug like I did the other day), and set the auto brew to the correct time, then the first thing that rumbles to life in our flat each morning is the coffee pot. But that’s just a faint, circumstantial likelihood.
The eyelids of the dawn continually open up to hope, as the sun rises around the world according to God’s mercy.
Mornings usher in hope—even that first morning Adam and Eve woke up outside the Garden of Eden. Bleary-eyed and disoriented, their hearts sank as they remembered afresh the events of the day before. Every morning since then all of their children have woken up in sin-sick world. All we like sheep go astray, each of us turning to his own way. But the Lord, in his great mercy, promised salvation through his Messiah, and he continues to sustain our lives giving us each breath he has ordained for us. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). God’s children rise each morning in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began (Titus 1:2).
And there was that morning inside a different garden. Bleary-eyed and disoriented, a couple of ladies carried burial spices as they walked to their Friend’s grave. They worried about how they would move the stone covering the entrance of the tomb. But they were met by an angel who comforted them,
“Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” (Matt. 28:5-7).
Ever since that morning Jesus’ disciples have spent their lives running to tell others the good news; as we are going we make disciples of all nations. Jesus promised he would be with us to the end of the age. We wake up each day with eager expectation and full confidence that “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).
Now we’re looking forward to another morning—the morning of That Day. We don’t know how many mornings there will be in between this morning and the first morning of eternity. But we know it’s coming. Because Jesus always keeps his promises:
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” (Rev. 22:20-21).
ABOUT THE WRITER
Gloria Furman (@gloriafurman) is mostly from Texas. In 2008 she moved to the Middle East with her husband Dave to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai. They have three fun kiddos and Gloria enjoys serving the ladies in her community as a doula. She is the author of Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home (Crossway 2013).