You know those mornings where you accidently set your alarm to PM instead of Am? Or maybe you just forgot to turn the alarm on the night before? I personally had this happen to me yesterday morning, at ohh about 5:10 am. I had completely forgotten to set my alarm and miraculously woke up 20 minutes before my shift at work began. I’ve determined a few thought processes we go through when an event like this occurs.
1. Panic. From the moment you first look at the clock and you slowly comprehend what has happened, a split second of panic ensues. (This literally lasts a second because obviously you have better things you need to be thinking about)
2. You sit up, frantically thinking of what you can get done in the small fragment of time you now have instead of the hour you had planned to take a shower, eat breakfast, and brush your teeth. “Crap, crap, crap…. I definitely don’t have time to shower, I’ll have to do that after work. Crap… no time to brush my teeth, I can do that at work. Clothes changing, yes need to do that…..” (This all takes about maybe 30 seconds if not less)
3. As you continue thinking of the things that you are capable of cutting out of your morningly routine and adapting to this sudden change, you begin to change your clothes, grab your toothbrush, grab a pop-tart, etc. All the while thinking “Crap.. Crap.. Crap… What a horrible way to start off my day.”
I don’t know about you…. but that is one of my biggest fears, forgetting to set my alarm. I have my morningly routine, if that gets screwed up… I feel off. This morning, I admit I was pissed that it had happened, I was frantically getting my stuff together… I even forgot to brush my hair. I mean seriously, how hard is it to set an alarm? Then suddenly I decided to change the course of my day in that moment. I stopped what I was doing, stood in the kitchen, and took a deep breath trying to calm my nerves. After I had cleared my head a bit… I prayed. It was simple…. easy… “God, I can’t, You can, I will let you.” I continually said that until I felt at least some bit of peace.. Took what felt like forever in my time, which may have been a minute in real time.
You may be having a hard time undrestanding the prayer. Basically what I was saying to God was: I seriously don’t feel like I can handle this right now on top of everything that is going on in my life. I really really really don’t want to feel crappy all day just because I forgot to set my alarm. I cannot do this on my own, God… I hand this over to you. You have complete control… Help me overcome this obstacle in my path.
And seriously, my prayers were answered. I still struggled throughout the day but somehow things seemed… better. Less burdensome. It’s amazing how one little shift in my thought processes changed my day. Very Cool… and worth sharing.