Good God, Morning!

In the late 60’s, I heard a football player for the Miami Dolphins share his God story. I’ll never forget Norm Evan’s words, for they helped to form my life perspective as a new believer. “I used to wake up and say, ‘Good God, morning!’ Now I wake up and say, “Good morning, God!”

Why do you suppose we greet one another with “Good Morning?” Could it be because God coined the phrase Himself? In the beginning, darkness was a part of the creation process. It wasn’t a bad thing. But God didn’t say it was good either. And then He spoke light into darkness. When God created light, He called it morning and saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:1-5)  

But then sin entered the heart of mankind. And darkness was no longer merely a pre-cursor to light. It became a potential icon for our fear and confusion. This is why God yearns to speak His spiritual light into the darkness of our souls.

II Samuel 23:4 describes the Messiah as the one who comes “like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless day, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.”

How do you greet your mornings? With hope and purpose? Or with a lingering dread of what’s to come? I ask these questions because I’ve struggled with them myself. And yet, I know this much from experience. Metaphorically speaking, beyond the shadows of the night, light does come in the morning.

God created the morning to shed physical light over darkness. And He created us to live spiritually in the light of His Word. In the physical universe, the darkness gives way to dawn, and dawn quietly awaits the sunrise. Suddenly, a new day arrives on schedule—full of hope—and once again, morning has spoken.

What does morning say to you spiritually? “I’m here; where are you, God?” Or does the dawn greet you with “Good morning, God’s here.”

When we affirm God’s goodness in the morning, His grace will carry us all through the day and into the night. For those who live in the light of God’s Word, every morning holds a lasting balm of peace, purpose and power.

And then one day, unlike any other, morning will break like the first morn. Creation as it was meant to be will be restored. Unhindered by clouds of doubt, our hope will be rewarded. For then we’ll greet Him face to face. With hearts full of praise, we’ll be able to say with great gusto, “Good morning, God!”

6 Responses to “Good God, Morning!”
  1. Susan says:

    Great thought, Liz. Especially for a Monday morning. May the light of His Word brighten our paths this week!!

  2. Darrell Grant says:

    Good God Morning to you Liz! I like the mornings when you awaken and a smile immediately creeps over your face. It is the reality of a loving God who has been keeping watch over the night so that we can shine for Him.

  3. Christen Adams says:

    I sure do love the way you write, Mrs. Welsh! And I sure do love you! A friend of mine prays everyday to be filled with the Holy Spirit before she gets out of bed. What a great way to start the morning!

    • Thanks, sweet one, and you are so right. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is an adventure in faith. It starts early in the morning and continues as we breathe spiritually during the day. On difficult days, we may feel as if we’re hyperventilating. And yet, we’re refueling as we need to. He is our source, our substance, and our sustaining power, isn’t He? By the way, you can call me Liz if you’d like! 🙂


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