Wayne has a sinus infection and he feels so icky!
His sleep is restless (poor thang) and he tosses about all night. He has trouble breathing because his nose is stuffy, so he snores. He’s miserable.
When one of us gets sick, it’s common to sleep apart. Is it the same in your home? We just don’t do well in the same bed when we’re sick.
In all honesty, I kind of like having the bed to myself from time to time! You know why?
I can sleep in the middle of the bed.
Yes… I do miss having him next to me. He’s a sweet man! But the middle of our bed is pure heaven because it is the firmest part. The big support beam sits directly under that imaginary line… and so it’s firm and fabulous!
Either side of the middle isn’t the same. When I sleep there…
- My sleep isn’t as restful so I’m tired all day.
- I wake up sore almost every morning.
- My neck gets jacked up.
BUT when I sleep in the middle… life is so much better the next day! There’s a lesson in this mattress story. Can you see how our Christian lives are like this? When we stay in the middle:
- we are more rested and less weary.
- we find joy in spite of the pain.
- we are not “stiff-necked” people… so we can keep our eyes on Him.
The middle is a good place. Our lives are balanced and manageable, because God is in the middle! That’s the place we want to live. And it’s important to know that living life on either side of that middle gets us into trouble.
Here’s what I mean.
People that live too far to one side, find themselves complacent in their faith and their relationship with Him. There’s no realness between them and God.
Result: He is… and they are… but there is no fellowship.
People who live too far to the other side, can be overbearing and hurtful! They are too in-the-face of others! They easily judge. In their opinion, they’ve got this whole Christianity thing figured out… and you don’t. They may even think God is easily predictable or better yet… a formula they’ve discovered.
Result: He is… and they are His equal (or close enough)… in their opinion.
However, when you choose to live in the middle… you find a firm foundation. He becomes the support that sustains. In Him you find rest so you are ready to tackle the day or the issues you face.
Result: He is… and you are so very thankful!
You know what? I want to live there because the truth is that I’m okay in the middle!
How about you?