A Quick and Simple Task

I have never been an early riser. It was always a
struggle for me to get out of bed in the morning when I was young. My
sluggishness likely had a lot to do with the fact that I hid under the blankets
with a flashlight reading until the wee hours. As the morning sunlight lit my
room my mom would call several times before my toes would finally slip over the
side and touch the floor. Then it took a long time in the shower to really wake
up before heading downstairs for breakfast. And when I got to the kitchen the
refrain was always the same. 
“Did you make your bed?”
I’d groan and trudge back upstairs, knowing there
would be no breakfast until that small task was done. One morning I asked my
mother why she always insisted that I make my bed.
“It’s a good start,” she said. “It means you’re
ready for the day.”
I couldn’t help but think about my mom’s words this
past Sunday as my husband preached on Acts 9 verses 32-43. It was verse 34 that
triggered the memory. Peter had stopped in the town of Lydda where a man named
Aeneas, a paralytic, caught his attention. He stopped long enough to heal the
man, saying, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your
mat.” 
That last sentence made me sit up straight. Why did Peter tell him to
take care of his mat? Was it in the way? Was it unsightly? Or was Peter saying
something more to Aeneas? I wondered if perhaps he was saying, get ready
Aeneas, a new day is beginning, things are about to happen and there’s a
purpose for you in them.
And that made we wonder about the purpose of the
healing, the purpose of the blessing. God does not act randomly or without
reason. His actions, and most especially his blessings, always have purpose.
That made me think of all the blessings I’ve been
given in my life. It’s a long list and the realization that it all has purpose
made me begin to think about what God intends me to do. He’s given me wealth so
I should share it, food and a home to open to others. He’s given me health so I
can do His will on this earth. He’s given me family that I might raise them to
go into the world and bless others. He’s given me the talent of writing so that
I might glorify His name through story. All of his blessings have an outward
slant, none are intended to be hidden or hoarded.
My mother trained me well. Making my bed is still
something I do each morning. It makes me feel that the day has started and I’m
ready for it. This morning, as I did that quick and simple task I wondered what
God had in store for me today. What am I to be ready for? Ready to hear his
voice, ready to move when he says “go,” ready to speak when His Spirit directs.
Yes, all of these things and more. I’m to be ready to receive His blessings and
use them for His purposes.
What about you? Have you made your bed?
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Marcia Lee Laycock writes from central Alberta
Canada where she is a pastor’s wife and mother of three adult daughters. She
was the winner of The Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her novel,
One Smooth Stone and also has two devotional books in print. Her work has been
endorsed by Sigmund Brouwer, Janette Oke, Phil Callaway and Mark Buchanan. 
Marcia’s
second novel, A Tumbled Stone was recently short listed in the contemporary
fiction category of The
Word Awards
. Abundant Rain, an ebook devotional for
writers can be downloaded here.
Visit Marcia’s website