Hosting nine girls for a sleepover requires a lot of bedding.
“What can I do to help?” Bill asked after I called him downstairs to help me clean up.
“There are sleeping bags to roll up, an air mattress to deflate, bedding to take upstairs—”
“Don’t you have something easy?” he interrupted.
I wasn’t surprised by his question. It’s human nature to look for the simplest way out. I know this because, despite all that Jesus has done for us, many of us still complain or try to get out of the work that God is calling us to do.
I could have reminded Bill that I was the one who lugged everything downstairs the night before. And that I had stayed up until 2 a.m. to make sure the girls were taken care of. I could have said those things … but I didn’t. Instead, I gave my husband of fifteen years an understanding look and said, “Why don’t you carry the black throw up to the living room?”
Bill quickly accepted my offer and retrieved it from the floor. A short while later, as I carried yet another load of blankets upstairs, I heard him vacuuming the bedroom floors. Seeing my spouse motivated by his momentary momentum made me wonder if God works in the same way.
We may act like we want life to move at the speed of light but the reality is: When the opportunity to take a giant leap forward comes along, most of us balk at the challenge. Thankfully, God understands and gives us just enough light for the step we’re on as he reveals, one easy task at a time, that we are capable of so much more.