Saturday, June 28, 2014

Where I Should Lie Down

Since we donated our extra twin bed to a needy family, Lucky and Honeybun lost the place they would occasionally sleep at night. The bed was in our bedroom, along a wall, with a bunch of fluffy big pillows. It was more decoration than anything, since used only by the dogs. However, to placate them, I put Honeybun's dogbed along the same wall where the bed had been. I left Lucky's dogbed in the living room, since at night, he rarely sleeps anywhere but on the bedroom carpet. He likes to plant himself exactly where I would step out of bed, so that I trip and smash my little toe and break it.

Honeybun never sleeps in her bed, however. She likes to sleep in my closet at night. I figure it reminds her of the earthen den her wild ancestors liked to dig. This morning, I awoke to see Lucky, who is double Honeybun's size lying in her bed. His paws and head all stuck out over the edges, since the bed is too small for him. I cannot imagine it was comfortable.

I have been studying how we rationalize God's word to fit our needs. Instead of reposing in the perfect fit of God's dictates for our lives, we force our desires into unholy spaces He never intended for us. We push and stretch against what we see as His restrictive confines...and then we wonder why we wake up sore and bruised, and hardly able to face the day. His commandments are for our protection. They are the perfect sized bed for us to lie in. His purpose for my life is completely different than His purpose for your life. We are uniquely and wonderfully made to fit exactly the space He has given us to occupy. I need to stop worrying about the spaces He has given others, and focus on the space He has given me.

Psalm 91 is only one of many that reminds us, when we rest in the Lord where He has directed us, we find peace.

Psalm 91: 1-6
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

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Hebrews 10:26 

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

Galatians 6:7 

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

John 3:16 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Revelation 21:8 

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Psalm 91:1-16 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

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