Monday I felt the impression to do all of the laundry in the house. Yes, ALL the laundry. My kids brought their dirty clothes from their rooms (I mean all of them- from under the beds, behind the dressers, everywhere) and sorted them. We gathered towels, blankets and rags. The downstairs looked like a war zone of clothing. For two days straight the washer and dryer were running.
Then, Tuesday night all I had left were a pile of blankets to wash. I felt the impression to wash them, but pushed that aside. I was tired and figured I would just do it in the morning. Besides why would God care if I washed my blankets then, or the next day. So, I threw them into the garage (out of sight, out of mind) to be washed in the morning.
Wednesday morning I woke up to a cold house and no power.
The first day wasn't too bad. We have a gas fireplace, and we hooked up our generator to a few lamps, the refrigerator and the TV (a sanity saver!) But, that night, we were cold. We all had clean jammies to layer- but no extra blankets.
The blankets were sitting in the freezing garage- dirty.
We made do. It's Sunday- going on four days with now power- and we are still making due.
The point is- God tried to help me out. He gave me the idea to do all the laundry. I listened- mostly. But, I didn't listen completely.
I did it again the other night. I felt the impression to call a friend of mine. It was dinner time. I was tired and busy. So I told myself I would call her the next day.
The next day I found out she was in the hospital - having her baby weeks early. She had found out the afternoon before that she would need to have the baby right away. She had just enough time to go home and grab a few things before going back to the hospital.
That was about dinner time.
I had the impression to call her. And I didn't follow the impression.
Sometimes God puts ideas into our heads to help us out- impressions about our lives and the things around us. Sometimes the impressions make sense, sometimes they don't. But, they are always for our benefit.
He wants to help us. He does help us. But, it's us to listen AND follow those impressions when they come.
We have had crazy weather. Ice storms, snow, rain storms and wind storms. I just heard that another wind storm is on the way. Who knows when the power will come in (well, He does.)
I'll tell you one thing I do know, though. Next time I feel an impression, I'll follow it: weather I like it or not.