This is the Day…Thursday
January 21, 2021
My Favorite Time of Day
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Does it take that third cup of coffee to get you going in the morning or are you waking up the chickens? With all our similarities, we can be very different in how we begin and end our days. My Maw Maw used to tell me that her favorite time of day was the first thing in the morning. She would sit on her back porch, drinking her coffee as the sun began to rise. She said it was amazing to watch the world come to life each day.
My Dad was just the opposite. The only days he was up early was when he had a 7 AM tee time at the local golf course. Dad was a night owl. Every night, he watched the Johnny Carson show, then the national anthem would play, and finally the television screen would go into a colorful holding pattern as the network went off the air.
I guess I am a combination of my Maw Maw and Dad. I love to get up early and get the day started, but I can be a night owl too. I have never been one who required a lot of sleep. My Mom used to tell me I was “burning the candle at both ends,” but I have learned that my favorite time of day has nothing to do with the clock. It has more to do with what I experience on any given day.
On Friday’s, my favorite time of day is when Hudson and Rhett arrive at my house to spend the day with me. On Sunday’s, my favorite time of day is the moment I get to walk up the steps on the stage in the Sanctuary to lead our worship service. During the week, my favorite time of day is when Ronda and I finally get home and can just sit in the den together and talk about what we have experienced that day. I guess you could say that my favorite time of day is any time I get to experience God’s blessings in my life.
Recently, I have discovered a new favorite time of day. On sunny days, around 5 PM, I can walk into our Sanctuary and watch as the setting sun shines through the stained-glass windows. The light spreads across the Sanctuary with a cascade of colors. The colors spread across the walls of the Sanctuary and, for a few moments, it is as if the church is sitting at the base of a rainbow. That time is always a reminder to me that “every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
Regardless of pandemics, financial worries, social unrest, loss or other trials, our Lord remains the same and covers us with His good and perfect blessings. On this day God has given you, seek to recognize those blessings when they occur. That will be your favorite time of day.