Unmade BedBut when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.  John 16:13


According to retired Navy Admiral Willian H. McRaven, a good way to avoid a chaotic day is to make your bed every morning. McRaven, now chancellor of the University of Texas, gave a commencement address explaining his theory, and video of the speech went viral. The New York Times quoted McRaven: “You need an anchor point for your day, and sometimes that anchor is as simple as making your bed.” The Admiral learned during his Navy service that popping those sheets tight enough to bounce a quarter off them gave him a sense of control during his time in Afghanistan. The Times reported that the image of starting his day with an orderly activity gave him “a small sense of pride” and encouraged him “to do another task and another.” McRaven has even written a book on his theory, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World.


Good news for me! Because my father was an Air Force Officer for most of his adult life, I grew up valuing some of the same order in my own life. And yes, I do make my bed every single time I get out of it, even when I take a nap. I can’t say that this particular ritual translates to other areas of my life. Ask my husband. He would confirm that I am, otherwise, a disorganized packrat who still has the dress I wore to my kindergarten graduation. I never know if it might come in handy someday.


What is more important to God in keeping us anchored is our dependence on and attentiveness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When the Israelites were wandering the desert and literally packing up their beds to move at a moment’s notice, the Pillar of Cloud and the Pillar of Fire (i.e., God’s Spirit) followed them day and night, never leaving them (Exodus 13:22). 1 Corinthians 3:16 says that we are God’s temple and His Spirit still dwells in our midst. The logical outcome of our reliance on the Spirit is to weather life’s storms with trust and faith. That will definitely change your life…and maybe the world, bed made or not.


Lord of the Ordered Universe, teach us to rely on Your Spirit’s wisdom. Amen

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