As I lay in bed and the alarm clock sounds off, I know it’s time to get up and begin the morning routine—help the girls get dressed, do hair, make sure snacks and school instruments are in the car, and catch the bus by 6:30 am. In those few moments of getting them ready to start their day, I have a decision to make—do I take my morning jog or do I go back to bed? My will says, “I’d love to go back to bed and daydream for a few minutes and just lay there until I get ready to get moving”…but nevertheless, not my will, but Thine be done. If I don’t shake that feeling to lay around, I’ll never get my morning jog in and my time of meditation and prayer. Yes, all that happens in the first hour I wake up. That decision sets the course for my day.
How many times have you had to say, “Not my will, but Thine be done?” The spirit within us and our flesh around us are constantly at war with one another. The spirit desires all the good things and the flesh desires all the things that are cover-ups for the good things (i.e. distractions, short cuts, laziness, temporal things, etc.). We must be disciplined in choosing what the spirit desires even though it is usually contrary or opposite of what we want. I’m so glad the spirit knows what we need, when we need it and bears us up in our times of weakness.
My morning jog time provides my body with what it needs as well as what my mind and spirit need. Even though it takes discipline and I have those days where I don’t want to do it, doing what’s right always pays off. I’ve learned to trust the still, small voice of the spirit to lead me to the exact place I need to be. If we avoid the traps of what feels good for the moment, we will experience the best of what God has for us! Let your mantra be: “Nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.”
~Coletta Jones Patterson