My day began this morning shortly after 5am. Not good. I am a person that 1) requires 8-9 hours of sleep and 2) has trouble finding anything good about mornings in general. It was just one of those times – I heard Thomas get up and, instead of rolling over and falling immediately back asleep, I felt wide awake and ready to start the day. This was actually pretty upsetting because I figured I hadn’t gotten enough sleep and I felt sore and achey (suddenly all those Starbursts the previous day seemed like a really bad idea). This was not how I wanted to start my day. I wanted to sleep till my alarm went off at 8am, when the sun was also awake, and sleep off the sugar-induced inflammation I was feeling. Then came one of those moments when I am SO grateful to have the Holy Spirit living inside of me. I felt the urge to pray. If God had uncharacteristically woken me up this early, there must be a reason.
With an attitude ranging from grumpy to annoyed, I began to pray that God would show me why I was awake so early and what I was supposed to do with the extra time. I believe that God always answers prayer, but it is especially exciting to my human brain when He answers immediately. I got out of my warm bed, padded into the living room and encountered a husband who looked worn and sleepy. He had not slept well the night before, he admitted, and was having a rough morning. This is a very rare occasion for my insta-sleep-machine husband and I could tell he was not looking forward to the rest of the day. As I stood there in my pajamas at 5:30 in the morning and heard him turn on the shower, I realized what God wanted me to do. And it involved pancakes. These pancakes, in fact. (side note: super yummy, very filling, and always fluffy. If you happen to be in the market for a new pancake relationship.) Pancakes and coffee and trash brought out to the curb and a packed lunch, actually! It is amazing all the things you have time to help your husband with when you are awake instead of sleeping…
Writing this now, it is barely past the time when I would usually just be getting dressed and ready for the day and yet my list of blessings from today is already long! I was reminded to be open to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and that everything God does has a good and perfect reason. I learned that blessing others is actually a huge blessing to me. I learned that maybe something good can happen before 8am, especially when it involves pancakes, coffee, and eating it with a dashing husband all dressed up for his day at the office. And of course, I learned that I should always take a picture of my breakfast just in case I decide an hour later that I actually learned something from it because a good blogger always has pictures of what they are talking about in their posts.
What unexpected lessons has God taught you recently?