GETTING UP IN THE MORNING
“Why sleep ye? Rise and pray that ye enter not into temptation.”
It is Jesus who comes and wakes you, by whatever means He uses, and invites you to spend the first moments of the day with Him. Why? From His point of view, because He loves Martha and desires to have her company. From your point of view, because He knows it will be another tiring day for you, and He wants to give you strength and courage and patience and peace to face the test that the day will be. (Temptation means test.)
“In the morning, a great while before day, He rose up…and prayed.”
Yes, He did it too, probably even earlier than you have to. So getting up and praying is a divine act. Thus He bids you start the day with a divine act, and you will be surprised how many divine acts you will be doing today. They will be the fulfilment of the prayer, “that we may follow the blessed steps of His most holy life”.
So Martha in her housework constantly becomes “the Imitation Christ”, a mirror reflecting Him to all who see her. (2 Corinthians 3:18)