Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Waking thoughts

"Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light."

(Mary Elizabeth Byrne, 1905)

My first thought this morning was not a pleasant one. It was about how much I was not looking forward to the day in school. Perhaps it was not so much the thought as the sinking feeling I had in my stomach. It has been a long while since I have felt this way.

It was brought on by a combination of things. The percentage pass rate for our third year classes was set quite low in our departmental meeting, but even so, I think I may been struggling to make it. I was fretting. Last week I had a very difficult encounter with one particular third year group - things just got really blown out of proportion and it was making me anxious about our next encounter.

A friend at work asked me what I did about my sinking feeling and whether it was still with me. My comment was extremely trite and casual and not at all accurate. I said that I just "slapped myself around a bit and told myself to get on with it and stop grizzling." I missed a golden opportunity to witness. There was no slapping around. I just knelt before God and poured out my concerns.

I want my waking thought to be about the goodness of God. That doesn't happen by accident. I can't be thinking about the goodness of God if my mind rewinding and reviewing the bad encounters of the day. There is a need to settle things and close things down, to allow God to bring something to an end, where I can't seem to do it alone. Only when I am still can I hear God's voice. If I refuse to be still, then I miss out on his affirmation and encouragement.

After spending more time with God when I came home I began to write a poem;-

Too often I forget, Lord
That I belong to You
That in this cold and empty world
I'm merely passing through

Too often I forget, Lord
That You direct my way
The world with all its hollow words
Just shouldn't have a say

Too often I forget, Lord
To gaze upon Your face
To walk in Your anointing
To stand, clothed in Your grace.

1 comment:

Mark H said...

I don't know if you find this too? I find that more often than not I will awake thinking about what I went to sleep thinking about. I therefore assume that my subconcious mind has been meditating on the same thing all night in my sleep. For example, if my last thoughts before sleep concern work then I wake up thinking about work.

So I decided to use this positively. I decided to finish the day with worship, prayer, or the Bible. I commune with God. I ask Him to take my concerns of the day. I hand them over to Him. I ask Him to be in my dreams as I sleep. It may only take a couple of minutes to do this if it's been a busy day. Guess what happens in the morning? More often than not I awake aware of His presence and start to worship. Since I am pre-occupied with, and communing with, Him, not with my problems, I can walk into the day with genuine faith.

Psalms 63:6 "On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night."