Is What You’re Carrying, What You Really Desire?

One Thursday evening last December brought our first accumulating snow of the season. The next morning my four-year-old son woke up, came bounding into our room, exclaiming, “Look at the snow! It snowed last night! It’s white outside! Mommy and Daddy! You have to get up and see the snow!” My other son, in his 1½-year-old jargon, said in a drawn out tone, “S-N-O-W, W-H-I-T-E S-N-O-W!”  It was one of the most joy-filled and sweet mornings our family had experienced in a long time.

Most mornings are not like that. Normally, I have to drag my body to a sitting posture and wipe the sleep out of my eyes. Then, I have to stretch to get any kind of blood flowing, so that I have the necessary amount of energy to push my body to a standing position. Some mornings I just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, not expecting much for the day and already feeling defeated by it. You too?

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

Psalm 5:3

Interestingly, God wants to transform our mornings. On our journeys of seeking our soul’s desire in God, mornings and prayer are key elements to the realization of that satisfaction. As we see in Psalm 5:3, David, the Psalmist, repeats the phrase twice, “in the morning”. The repetition is used to emphasize the importance of the morning and starting our day with an attitude of prayer.

As we continue on in our Scripture, David says, I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. The orginal Hebrew word  means to arrange words as in forming an argument. At first glace, the word lay comes across a bit passive. However, David was really making a case, forming his words, and strongly making a petition to God in prayer. As he says he waits expectantly!  David is intentionally looking and faithfully anticipating that God is going to meet his request.

I was really challenged by this verse because I often partially still hold onto my prayer requests rather than laying them fully at God’s feet. Because of that I don’t eagerly watch for him to respond because I still feel a bit responsible for the needs at hand.  However prayer is essential if we desire to realize our soul satisfaction. Because in prayer the needs on our hearts and minds get laid before our Maker and King. When our minds, bodies and spirits are freed from its concerns, it is as if our arms and now open to recieve the unfailing love God desires to pour out upon us.

Psalm 90:11 that requests of the Lord, “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all of our days.”  He is ready, willing, and able. What are we waiting for!

Father, we come to you and lay our burdens at your feet. Thank you for offering to carry the weights upon our shoulders so that we may be freed to receive your unfailing love.  Help us to put down what is in our hands, and be open to you! Fill us today Lord!

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Cyndi Tilley

    I have always felt that when I start my day with prayer, I feel more focused and less anxious. It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to pray until I reach a level of exasperation where I cry out to God. When I may have avoided all of that had I begun my day in prayer. Thanks for the reminder Erin. Love you!