Why did God give us beds and blankets?

Just as they were about to doze off, Marih asked, “Why did God give us beds and blankets?”  Was she fighting sleep?  What an unusual question.  

Then Nannygranne remembered her prayer with her granddaughter: “Father, thank you for our warm bed and home.  Be with those who are going to bed cold tonight. Help us be ready to help them when we can.”   So, to see what spurred her concern, she asked Marih, “Do you mean why do we have warm beds and blankets and some people don’t?”

“No, I was just wondering why God would want to give us beds and blankets.”  

Still puzzled, Nannygranne explained, “Well, the way God gives us most things is by giving abilities to people to invent things and also make the materials they use.  So, somewhere there are people with the ability to figure out how to use cotton, bamboo, or silk, or even make fabrics out of oil to make sheets and pillows and things.  That’s a lot harder than sewing the bedding.  Does that make sense?”1

She raised her head with a little frown and a twist of her head.  “Yes, that makes sense.  But why would God go to all that trouble so that we could have beds and blankets?”

Smiling, Nannygranne pulled her closer and said, “Because God loves to take care of us.  He’s our very first Father and is our only forever Father who will never die.2  Everything He’s made on earth is for our benefit:  food, water, the animals, all the plants.  In fact, some things He’s made so that they are pretty or taste good or feel good or maybe smell good.  It’s one way He tells us what He’s like.”

“But I don’t get it, Nannygranne.  Why does He go to all that trouble when we’re just ordinary people?”

“I know, sweetheart. I don’t get it either.  All I know is that He told us in the Bible that He loves us.  Then He gives us everything and even each other.  Then Jesus even became a human to show us how to live well, and then died and took the punishment for our sins.  Then He loves us all enough to wait for us to want to be with Him.   And anyone who decides to go with God will be okay with Him.  He wants us all.  It’s just too much love to understand.”

Yawning, she said, “That’s what I thought.  Lying here, so warm and soft and with you, it’s kind of like being in God’s lap, isn’t it.”  Then she turned over, sighed, and said, “Goodnight, Nannygranne.  I love you.”

As Nannygranne lay there, she thought about what her granddaughter had reminded her of: to envision the Father’s embrace in every flower, breeze, and summer meadow.  Even in the violence of nature, to remember the power He has to keep His promises.3  

“Goodnight, Marih,” she said. “I love you, too.  And I’m going to cuddle up in God’s lap, too.”


Photo credit Almay Stock Photo

James 1:17

Psa 68:5; Psa 89:26; Psa 103:13; Prov 3:12

Psa 8:3-4


I am a mother, grandmother, nanny, and writer—with a passionate concern about children, all children. With the help of my son Travis (who has a graduate degree in apologetics) I hope to share some thoughts that will be helpful to all who have the same concern.

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