Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Busy doing nothing...

We live in a world that believes busy is better; where too many people waste their lives making a living and never make a life. Having sat at the bed of many a dying person, I've never once heard someone say they wished they had spent more time at their place of employment, more time working, more time being busy.

And yet we chastise those who sit on their porch in rocking chairs watching the traffic go by.  We hasten to condemn those who sit by the sea and watch the ocean liners come and go from port or just fish from the dock. We judge those with little ambition to become the best, the most, the first...those who are content.

I'm struck by this week's Tozer reading that reminds us of the peace Jesus had, the unhurriedness of his life.  At the same time I'm hearing from people that they didn't have enough time to attend a Bible Study, they had deadlines to meet, employers to please...

And I am thankful for my early retirement. It has meant living more simply and adjusting our lives to that.  Sometimes I feel like I am not busy doing Kingdom work.  But as I reflect on that I experience great peace in knowing that there is joy in simply being still and knowing that He is Lord. That in itself is Kingdom work.

I feel bad for those who are still so driven by worry about COVID19, whose lives are governed by deadlines, whose identity is found in what they do rather than who they are in Him, who don't see the wonderful opportunities afforded them in the simpler life of prayer and contemplation, in quietness and contentment.

So many fear they wouldn't be able to survive on less. So many worry that disaster may come and they might be unprepared.  So many lack the peace that allows them to be still and KNOW that the Lord is God.  We fail to realize that He would sometimes rather sit with us in the hospital during our COVID19 experience, or our cancer surgery/treatment, or embrace us as we grieve, than to save us from that experience or take a back seat to our own selfish pursuit of life.

All of our anxiety around this COVID19 issue seems to emanate from our inability to be still, to purposefully do nothing to enjoy being stuck, alone, with out thoughts...

We really need to take far more seriously Jesus' encouragement to cast all our cares on him because he cares for us.  Seriously, so what if we get COVID?  So what if we experience the debilitating life of terminal cancer?  So what if we suffer financial ruin?  So what if we lose a loved one? So what? We are promised an eternal life of glory.  This momentary fragment of life we now live is but a hint of the joyful life to come.  It is in the very experiences of this life, which challenge us most, that we find the most grace, if we will but be still and know that He is Lord and that He works ALL things together for the good of those of us who love Him.

Peace... Be still...



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