I discovered a few months ago the reason that my son-in-law preferred not to sleep at my house. No, not the company, fortunately. It was the mattress! Turns out he ended up with a backache every time he spent the night with us.
Now the overnighters don’t happen often, of course, because they live less than two miles from us. But at Christmas it is very important to his wife to arise in her childhood home and open stockings in her pajamas. (From which exposure I realized that she needed pjs for Christmas this year!)
So this year they slept in the guest room, which bounced the two older grandchildren to the bed with inadequate mattress. The children didn’t complain, of course, but I felt a bit guilty about it. So a few days ago I called Macy’s and ordered a mattress set they’d advertised.
Surprisingly, the pleasant young woman asked if it were for myself, a child, or a guest. When I answered “guest,” she steered me to a different firmness, saying that the one I’d chosen was recommended only for “stomach sleepers.” Who knew?
I pointed out that price was my motivation in choosing it and she suggested another one at the same price that would be more comfortable. And today this wonderful gem from Macy’s is to be delivered. They will take away the old and bring in the new.
The last time I had a mattress delivered, almost nine years ago, the delivery people took out my old mattress and then brought in a different size! The paperwork was correct, but the wrong mattress had been loaded on the truck. They had to return another day. So this time I’ll ask about what size they are delivering.
That makes me think of changes I think I need to make in my life. Sometimes the change is not at all what I needed—just what I thought I needed. In fact, it may be a change that takes me further from God rather than closer. Then I have to turn in another direction, pray for more guidance, and try something else. God’s plan is always best, but I sometimes have to try my own misfit way before I figure that out.
And it occurs to me that my 20-year-old fitted sheets may be too small for the new mattress. As in life, one change may prompt another.
Mattresses and change. Change is always with us. We just have to choose changes that best serve God. As an old fellow at Steve’s childhood church always prayed, “Lord, choose out our changes for us.”
Steve always thought that was funny, but think about it. It’s really not such a bad prayer after all.