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The Right Side of the Bed

by Joanna Pierce on August 17, 2016

Are you one of those people (like me), who love idioms? Maybe because they’re funny, absolutely ridiculous, or communicate what you’re feeling or thinking when you’re at a loss for words?

As a child, whenever I heard the idiom “someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning”—not usually directed my way, I might add—in my child-like innocence, I immediately amassed questions in my mind.

I pondered how one could possibly get up on the wrong side of the bed if they only had one exit point. What if their bed was pushed up against a wall? Wouldn’t the wrong side of the bed also be the right side of the bed? Or, if someone slept on the floor, was their technically a side of their bed?

As I grew older (and slightly wiser), I learned the meaning behind the idiom—emulating the control and display of attitudes and emotions. Somewhere between the early wake-up call and meandering downstairs for breakfast, one of my family member’s attitude about having to wake-up in the morning was as pleasant as getting your tooth pulled. And, she didn’t care who knew it…

We all can potentially have a bad day now and again. Life is full of trials and tribulations and we’re warned in Scripture not to be surprised when they come our way (I Peter 4:12). But, no matter what happens in life, we don’t have to get up on the wrong side of the bed any day of the week, month, or year. Here’s how…

When we wake up in the morning, we need to immediately focus our attention on the Lord—worship Him for giving us another day, for putting breath in our bodies and air in our lungs, and for His presence that is yet in our room! This is just a start!

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah (Psalms 32:7, KJV).

When we start to focus our thoughts and words of praise to the Lord, and read His Word, we remember that God is our deliverer and the supplier of our every need (Philippians 4:19). As His children, we are safe under His protection!

Scripture tells us God will surround is with songs of deliverance. Every day, we will hear the sounds (songs) of rejoicing all around us. God’s creation was made to praise the Lord in one capacity or another, and everything sings of His greatness, thankfulness of redemption, and overall melodies of gladness.

The rhythm of praise to our Savior, the rhapsodies of peace, and the resonations of thankful tones will flood into our hearts, minds, and spirits. Those songs will put a smile on our face, joy in our spirit, and gladness in our hearts. When we become in tune with Him, we can’t possibly feel anything but right.

If you start your way out with Jesus every morning—praising Him and allowing Him to pour into you—I can guarantee you won’t ever wake up on the “wrong side of the bed” again. You’ll exit on the right side, the right way, and that is with Jesus Christ (John 14:6).