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Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we submitted and respected them [for training us]; shall we not much more willingly submit to the Father of spirits, and live [by learning from His discipline]? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for only a short time as seemed best to them; but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.

Hebrews12:9-10

So, I am not a huge fan of house work, except laundry. I enjoy doing laundry, unusual I know. Since I have had this distaste for house work, I have not ever spent too much time concerning myself with making the bed. I spent years making it once a week, when I changed the sheets, and that was it.

But, then one morning as I was reading a book on discipline, the author encouraged every reader to ask God to reveal an area that He would like to see us work on, an area that could bring fruit into our lives. So, I prayed. When I finished the immediate thought in my head was "go make your bed, and keep making it everyday!" This seemed like a very silly thought for me to have, after years of non-making why would I be thinking such a horrid thought? So, I dismissed it for that day.

Then, the next morning came and I prayed the same pray with all sincereity, and hopes of being asked to do something great! But, the same thought returned when I finished praying "go make your bed, and keep making it everyday!" This time, I listened and I made the bed that day, and the next, and so on. I'm still making the bed, and it's been a lovely experience for me. I have to confess that I don't always get the bed made first thing in the morning, sometimes it's much later in the day, but most of the time it's in the morning. When this bed making practice began I didn't understand the purpose, and it felt like an inconvenience to me.  But, as time moved on, I began to relish in the feel of the sheets, the cozy blanket, the beauty of a made bed everyday. I would stand back and admire a job well done, and it felt good to me.

As time progressed and I continued to ask God why He asked me to do this bed-making business, I began to understand the significance of what He asked. Just as I carefully made the tosseled bed everyday and then stood back to admire my handiwork, God does this for me. He lovingly arranges the tosseled, messed up pieces into His magnificent handiwork. Even though I already knew this about Him before I started to make the bed, there was something about me going through the discipline of making it every day that really helped me understand His activity in my life. 

Just as I daily work to make beauty out of something unmade, He daily does the same for me. And, the best part? He admires His work!  Just as I began to like the job of bed making and apply principles to my life through this simple action, He too loves all that He does for me and you. He does a sacred work within His children. And, this may sound a little odd to you, but now when I make the bed it feels like a sacred time with God; it's special to me. I marvel at the work, not just because it looks better, but because He has changed my heart towards this daily discipline. I love that about God.

What does God want you to work on today? Ask Him and then listen for His thoughts. Don't worry; it will turn out for the best!

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