We normally only mention that in passing: I woke up and did this and that and the other… or: I woke up feeling happy/grumpy/sad/tired…
But I’m sitting here thinking:
I woke up! I get to live another day! Thank you, God, for the gift of life. Thank you for keeping my heart pumping and my lungs taking air in. Thank you for all those heart beats that have happened without any effort on my part, thank you for all the air I’ve been breathing throughout the decades of my life, thank you for giving me life in the first place – for creating me in my mother’s womb and bringing me out of there safely – and for keeping me alive all this time. I know there’s nothing I could have done to make this happen. I know that you can extinguish my life at any moment of your choosing, much like I can blow a candle out and the candle has no control over that.
And thank you, God, for reaching out to me and giving me new life in Jesus, so I know that when the time comes for this life to end, it will be just the beginning of a gloriously wonderful eternity with you.
Again, this new birth – just like the first one – was not something I could have made happen. But you did it. You reached out to a woman who was living a sinful life, not waiting for me to change and become good enough – as if I could! – but saying: hey, wake up, you’re mine, I love you and I sent my Son to die for you so you can have LIFE! And since then you’ve been working on transforming me, so much that I barely recognise that woman as me – but again, it’s you who’s been doing it, and wow, it’s awesome to watch you at work, to look back and see the changes… Thank you.
Thank you that despite all my sins, you loved me. Thank you that there’s no stairway to heaven I need to climb – you sent your Son down to us! He came from heaven, not just to show us the way but to be The Way! Thank you that on the cross Jesus bore the punishment for all our sins, so that anyone who believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Thank you that I don’t have to do anything to earn my salvation. Jesus has done it all for me.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.