Every time I talk to the younger grandkids these days one of them is sure to ask, “Did you get them yet, Grandma?” They’re talking about the bunk beds we are planning to get sometime in the near future. The Lord willing, we will have both of my daughters’ families here this fall, so short of moving to a bigger house (and that ain’t gonna happen!) we need to squeeze in some more beds. We have three empty bedrooms—very small bedrooms—but with nine in Laurie’s family (who will be here for three months) and eight in Julie’s family, we are going to have to make the most of those small spaces.
I am hoping to borrow, or buy inexpensively, two sets of twin-over-twin bunk beds and possibly one twin-over-full bunk bed set. We’ll be able to put four kids in one room and three girls in the other (the third bedroom is for their parents.) That’s a lot of beds to buy all at once—but it’s cheaper than moving!
The discussion this week between Bob and me has been metal vs. wood. He wants to get wood. I think metal would be better. Because the rooms are so small, metal will probably take up less room, and, actually, visually will not look as bulky. Not to mention that metal will not get as knocked up and scratched as wood, and from my research, I think we can get nice sturdy metal beds for less money, as well.
Most kids will try anything to get out of going to bed—or staying in bed—when that time rolls around. There’s always the old “I have to go potty!” excuse, or “I need a drink!” or “I forgot to tell you something” or “I heard something scary” or… You know—the list goes on and on. I’m hoping the bunk beds will make going to bed fun for my grandkids—well, at least until the novelty wears off! I can just hear the giggles and whispering now! I actually found a verse about kids in bunk beds—“For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.” Proverbs 4:16. (Just kidding—beware of those who take Scripture out of context!)
I guess the point ought to be that the kids get some sleep—not mischief and mayhem! Why is it what we so detested as kids, now sounds awfully good to us now as adults? I admit I am a night owl, but still, when I finally crawl into bed at night, it feels pretty doggone good. Sleep is a good thing. Psalm 127:2 says, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” Like a little kid, though, I just don’t want to miss out on anything fun!
After a busy day, we adults are usually ready to fall asleep fairly easily. The Lord tells us, though, to meditate on Him, when we lie in bed at night. “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.” (Psalm 63:6-7) Whether we’re remembering His blessings of the day before, or bringing the cares that keep us tossing and turning to Him, we can find rest in Him.
Meditate in the midnight hour:
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. (Psalm 116:7)
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all. (II Thessalonians 3:16)
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; (Psalm 91:5)
I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. (Psalm 3:5)
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:34)
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (I John 5:14)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. (Psalm 119:97)
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise. (Psalm 119:148)
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm 46:10)
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3)
At my age, I’m a little beyond mischief and mayhem at midnight, but meditating on God’s Word is always right and good!