Are you a morning person? Does the prospect of a new day or getting up early for a few quiet moments excite you? After all, who doesn’t love a scenic morning sunrise? The only problem with early mornings is…well, that they’re early. 

The Psalms often speak about the writer getting up early in the morning and seeking after the Lord. 

The Gospels constantly record Jesus getting up early, before the rising of the sun, and going to quiet and secluded places. 

What's interesting about these “secluded” places is that the original Greek word used there is the same word used in Luke 4 to describe the “wilderness” where the Spirit led Jesus before the temptations happened. 

Pastor and Author Mike Breen suggests, It’s as if scripture is suggesting that every day our first battle is to travel back to the wilderness, to the place of wrestling with identity, to relocate who I am and whose I am. Everyday we must be reminded, “This is who you are!” (Multiplying Missional Leaders, p.43)

Every day we wrestle with identity, and every day there is an open invitation to have our character refined in the wilderness, where there is only our Heavenly Father to sustain us. The wilderness is where no one else can see us, where our Father reminds us that we are his dearly loved children and that nothing can change that. We are in a series entitled, “I Am Changes Who I am”, which highlights seven, self-defining “I am…” statements by Jesus. When we become a Christian, God sees us in a whole new way. He sees us in light of Christ. When we become one with Christ, God sees us as His child too. To be "in Christ” as the Apostle Paul often writes, is to have a whole new identity. Knowing that just might change the way I wake up.