Obedience: A Lesson in Beauty at 5:30 a.m.

Yesterday morning, I was awakened suddenly at 5:30 a.m. Usually this means God wants to speak to me. I was tired and I asked God as I rolled over what he wanted to tell me. One word came to mind, beauty.

Beauty at 5:30 in the morning? You’ve gotta be kidding! What could possibly be beautiful at 5:30 a.m.? I’m not a morning person, and I was too tired. Instead of getting up, I opted to fall back asleep. Yeah, that’s obedience right there! Okay, not really, and in the restless sleep that followed, the word beauty echoed through my thoughts.

All that day I wondered what could be beautiful at 5:30 in the morning. I hoped to get another chance at seeing this beauty.

True to God’s nature, he gave me another chance. So this morning, when I suddenly awoke at 5:30 a.m., I knew I had to obey and get up, even though I really didn’t want to.
I was still tired and it was way too early.

Nevertheless, I got up. I grumbled as I fed the cats, got my tea, read my devotional, prayed, and waited for beauty. Nothing came. I didn’t see beauty and I wondered if this was really worth the lost sleep.

I got my second cup of tea and glanced out the window at the darkness. I saw a star, a bright star. I looked a little further and saw a familiar line of three stars which form the belt of the constellation Orion. Now this I had to see. I didn’t know you could see Orion at six on a September morning. With a warm cup of tea in my hand and tennis shoes on my feet, I quietly went outside.

I stood in my driveway and looked at Orion.  I also saw the constellations Cassiopeia and Pleiades along with other stars. Wow, now there’s beauty. I tried to look for the big and little dipper from my backyard, but the stars weren’t as clear. I stood gazing and marveling at the stars for close to half an hour.

Yes, the stars were beautiful. A reminder that obedience brings rewards, even if we are reluctant and tired. The beauty of Orion was worth the lost sleep.


What are you grumbling about?

Where is God calling you to obey?

Do you see beauty in your life?


What do you think? I'd love to hear your view!