Want What You’ve Got! (bunk)


Homeless (Photo credit: Hanibaael)

This post is from Brita’s devotional series, entitled “Want What You’ve Got!” Well… do you? Want what you’ve got?

This re-post is dedicated to those who are trekking toward the manger and who may or may not be (spiritually) homeless.

I spent two nights last weekend sleeping on a bunk bed at camp. Squeaky, slippery, plastic-covered mattress. Solid wood bed frame with absolutely no give. Piles of blankets and extra pillows from home. Three roommates with different sleeping habits, body-clocks, and anxiety levels. Down the hall – twelve more ladies. Great event! Less than ideal sleep. Bunk.

Today I’m on my way to visit my daughter at school. For the next couple of nights I will be sleeping on her lofted dorm bed on the tenth floor while she sleeps on a mat on the floor (at least, that’s what I’m anticipating I will be in the bed, right, Peanut?!). Crunchy plastic mattress covered in layers of down-alternative mattress pads in an effort to make this temporary sleep-space feel a bit more like home. Down the hall in both directions – dozens of students. Can’t wait to see my daughter! Exhaustion ought to help me sleep. Dorm.

A few days ago one of the families in our faith family group had the children make a utility tarp to send to typhoon victims in the Philippines. They cut the handles off of hundreds of plastic grocery sacks, layered them three thick, and ironed them together as if they were quilt squares. Once the tarp reaches its desired size and a plastic drop cloth is ironed on to make it waterproof, the edges will be finished off with duct tape and grommets put into place. This incredibly resourceful cover can then be used to make a tent or windbreak for a family… Or it can be folded up and used on the ground as a mattress. Tarp.

Not all of us are going to lay our heads down on a soft, specialty pillow atop a pillow-top mattress tonight, but all of us will (try to) sleep. Even under less-than-ideal conditions, even under a makeshift-grocery-bag-quilt, people will rest their eyes, recount their day, perhaps count their blessings, and maybe even… Want What They’ve Got.

It’s one thing, though, to lay-me-down-to-sleep on a piece of furniture – an investment – and quite another to settle in for the night at tent city, under starry or stormy skies. On top of rocky or muddy ground.

If you find yourself today among those who Want What They’ve Got, maybe you can find a way to extend the gift of rest to another whose sleeping (and waking) situation is closer to nightmare than dream.

Daily Questions: Think about the worst night’s sleep you have ever had… What conditions were you in? Who was with you? What got you through it? What made it bearable? If you knew that someone was suffering as you did, night after night, what would you want to do for him or her? Will you do it?