I have always loved to take a hot shower. And when I say "hot", I mean usually my water heater cannot handle the temperature at which I would like my water. Yes, it goes against dermatologists' recommendations (especially in the dry winter time!) but I don't care. Yes, my husband thinks that the temperature of my shower is something extreme, but I LOVE it.
In fact, my hot shower is one of the few moments in the day which I get all to myself.
So yesterday morning I got into my hot shower and immediately I had this interior feeling that Jesus was asking me, "Would you turn your hot water down for Me?"
I paused and thought, I must be crazy. Why am I thinking this and why would Jesus even care about the temperature of my shower water? But the question then came to me in a different way: "Would you make a small act of self-sacrifice for me right now in this moment?"
I thought, Oh Lord! This is my SHOWER you are talking about...but okay. I'll try it. I turned the faucet a fraction towards cold and shivered.
So much for my long, hot shower, I thought. And then after a minute had passed, I realized that my body had adjusted to this new temperature in a short amount of time. I was shocked, but thought, I can turn the water down a little more. My initial resistance to offering up something I really enjoyed eventually turned into a lukewarm-bordering-on-cool shower! (I'm not going to pretend that I wound up taking a completely cold shower....but lukewarm is pretty much "cold" for me!) And by the end I was feeling really good that I had practiced a little self-sacrifice. And I felt good because I had said "yes" to God when He asked me.
Sometimes we feel the Lord gently asking us if we would give up something for Him. Sometimes the request might seem a little silly (like my hot shower) but the point is:
Do we hear Him asking us?
How will we respond?
I look at it as a little exercise for the soul. When I practice saying "yes" to God with love and obedience in the little things, my spiritual "muscles" will be stronger to say "yes" to the bigger ones.