One morning we were rushing to get ready for school…okay, actually I was rushing to get ready. The kids were messing around.
And for reasons I still don’t fully understand, my oldest son, Anthony, decided it was the opportune moment to disassemble his Lava Lamp. Cooper, my youngest son, was watching with a mixture of intensity and admiration in typical little-brother fashion.
When Anthony dropped one of the crucial pieces to the lamp, his little brother sprang into action.
This was his moment. This is what he’d been waiting for — a chance to participate. “I’ll get it for you, brother!”
But his dreams were shattered when his brother shouted, “No, Cooper! I’ll get it!”
Outraged and hurt by this rejection of help — Cooper hit the roof. “But I want to help you!”
Doors slammed. Screams rang throughout the house. But nothing could persuade Cooper’s older brother to let him retrieve the lost Lava Lamp piece from where it had wedged itself behind the nightstand.
Trying to deescalate the situation while still applying mascara, I shouted from the bathroom, “Cooper, why don’t you go make your bed? That would be really helpful!”
“Nooooo! I want to get the thing for the Laaaava Laaamp.”
Shouting back from the other room I said, “Sometimes we don’t get to help in the way we want to. Sometimes we have to help in other ways. Sometimes we just have to make our bed.”
Have you ever had a 2×4 moment? Those times in your life when you finally get it — as if God has smacked you upside the head with a 2×4?
I had a 2×4 moment.
Suddenly, the ways I wanted to serve God — to help on my own terms — flashed before my eyes. Fancy, fun, big, grand, and heroic ideas like getting the lost Lava Lamp piece.
But God started helping me see that He was calling me to help in different ways. Ways I’d largely been ignoring or procrastinating, because they seemed big and grand in a scary way and not at all what I really wanted to do.
However, the truth is, sometimes we just have to make the bed — answer the call — help in the way God is calling us to instead of the way we want.
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; Then truly the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you as you claim. (Amos 5:14)