When my son, Jack, first started to make the big transition from diapers to underwear at night, he would frequently wake me up with a 5 a.m. emergency. Dazed and annoyed, I would either (depending on the emergency) rush him to the bathroom or start the familiar process of changing his sheets and his pants.
Then I would jump back in my bed and shut my eyes tightly, determined to get the sleep I desperately needed. Unfortunately, I am one of those people who has a hard time falling back asleep, and I found myself with the rather unfamiliar predicament of quiet time alone. At first I was completely irritated with God, asking Him why I had to consistently wake up SO early when He knew I was a girl who NEEDS her sleep, lest I become Monster Mom the next day.
Eventually, though, I started making the best of the situation by reading the Bible and praying with a regularity I hadn’t had before. It became a habit, so that even when Jack stopped waking up early, I continued. That pre-sunrise time before the kids woke up became precious to me as I grew closer to Christ. It dawned on me one day that God had used potty training to train His daughter to have consistent time with Him. Now I won’t give it up.
Yes, I’ve had to adjust my bedtime to 9 p.m. so Monster Mom doesn’t rear her ugly head, but it’s been worth it. Each night I look forward to my early morning coffee and quiet time, thankful that God delights in spending time with me.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness, and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
-Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)
“Father, thank You for loving me enough to teach and train me. Please mold me into Your likeness, and give me a teachable spirit, especially in the area of…”