The Bible is not politically correct. It just says what it says and makes no apologies about it. People, on the other hand, have been trying to apologize for the bluntness of Scripture since its beginning.
I usually don’t mind the bluntness – especially when it’s not referring to me.
When the Word gets personal, being politically correct sometimes feels like a better path.
This morning the bluntness slapped me squarely in the face. The alarm went off, and I rolled over. I figured that since the last three mornings had started around 3 am, I was entitled. Besides, I knew my husband’s alarm would go off at any second. Ten minutes later, the screeching of his alarm woke me.
This time, when I rolled over, a scripture popped into my head. And it echoed there until I got up and got going. My husband did not get this same verse, or else he has the ability to ignore the nagging that I don’t have. Either way, I was up to greet the day all alone.
In other words, don’t roll over. Someone who rolls over instead of getting up and getting going is like a door turning on its hinges. It doesn’t get much done because it’s flopping back and forth.
It dawned on me as the sun was dawning itself, just how rude that particular scripture was. If someone had said something like that to my face, it would have been an insult. But the words make so much sense that it is hard to argue.
When I get up the first time my body wakes, my day is much smoother. If I choose to roll over and go back to sleep, the sleep is never satisfying. Usually, it’s filled with strange dreams that are a combination of being half asleep and half awake. Often the dreams involve a piece of whatever I was watching or doing the night before. I end up waking more tired than I was the first time I woke.
Getting right out of the bed has additional benefits. I get quiet time. The morning hours won’t be interrupted by children hanging on my legs, or phone calls, or even noises from outside. All is peaceful.
No wonder the old saying is “the early bird catches the worm.” It’s because there is so little competition to deal with, and there are far fewer distractions. And it sounds so much better than “it’s a lazy man that turns in his bed.”
Telling me not to roll over when the alarm sounds may not be politically correct and some days it may not even be nice, but it does motivate me to get up and get going.