Miss Esther snuggled down further into her pillow. It was so very cozy to be tucked up under her dark green quilt. Her nose felt a bit cold so she pulled the fabric up over it too. It must be a chilly night out.
“Wait a minute, I wonder if it is already morning?”
Miss Esther pushed herself up on one elbow and looked across to the large glass window. Sure enough, the sun was coming up!
“That means I should get up too!” Miss Esther threw her arms up over her head and stretched. “Good morning, Lord! ‘Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.’” (Psalm 19:14)
Miss Esther smiled and then threw back the covers.
“Brrr!” She shoved her feet into her red slippers to keep them from getting too cold. “Let’s see, what shall I wear today?”
Miss Esther tapped her chin in thought. “Oh yes, it’s Monday! My sisters and I are going to clean the kitchen. So I should wear my cleaning dress and my pink apron!”
In a few quick minutes Miss Esther had switched her nightgown for her dress. She used her reflection in the window as a mirror to see if her hair looked alright. Fortunately it looked just as she had left it the night before.
Next Miss Esther made her bed, fluffing the pillows and smoothing the quilt down. She always liked to see it fresh and ready for a nap or a good night’s sleep. She moved towards where the trunks stood at the foot of her bed. Her Bible was just where she had left it. She took it up along with her quiet time journal and glanced about the room.
“Now, where shall I sit?” Miss Esther scratched her head. “I guess my choices are the floor or my bed! So I’m going to choose…my bed!”
With a light spring Miss Esther dropped down among the pillows once again. She pulled out her journal and made careful note of the date.
Then Miss Esther bowed her head. “Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for a good night’s rest and the glory of a new day. Would You enable me to understand Your Word this morning? Thank-You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Then she looked to see what her reading for the day was. It was in the gospel of John, the fourth chapter, verses 27-38.
The scent of paper and ink drifted around Miss Esther as she read but Miss Esther didn’t even notice. Her bedroom was on a bookshelf so she was used to it. To her at that moment it seemed as if she was right back in Samaria with Jesus and His disciples.
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” (John 4:34 NKJV)
“Mmm…” Miss Esther paused in thought. “I wonder what that means?” She tapped her pencil on her chin. “Good food nourishes and strengthens us. So maybe Jesus felt that doing God’s will gave Him fresh energy? I wonder if it would be the same for me?”
Miss Esther finished reading and then decided to write out verse 34 as her verse for the day. She made note of her questions and what she’d thought about.
“I’ll have to ask my sisters what they think over breakfast!” Miss Esther closed her Bible and then slipped off her bed so she could kneel beside it.
Miss Esther knew she could pray standing up or sitting down or laying down…in all kinds of positions! But she found she especially loved praying on her knees. It reminded her of how great God was.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this verse I had in my reading today. Would You help me to understand what it means?” Miss Esther thought for a moment and then continued. “We have so much cleaning to do today, Lord. Please give us grace to do it cheerfully and well. Thank You. In Christ’s Name, Amen.”
Miss Esther rose and moved to put away her quiet time things. She liked to keep them on her trunk because then she always knew where they were! She straightened her quilt once again and then turned towards the staircase of books.
“Now it is time to get breakfast! I think I hear sisters moving around. They will be hungry!”
And with a skip and a song in her heart, Miss Esther hurried upstairs.