How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
I love Proverbs, it is the wisdom of ages passed down, to even me. When I read the verses about laziness and foolishness, I can always see areas in my "physical" life where it does apply.
The lovely grotesque image above is the result of my "physical" laziness. Stacy has been away to California all week long, which has resulted in my procrastination. "Oh, the dishes can wait till Friday, and the laundry, and pretty much all the housework!" Pure laziness!
Well, I was awakened from the slumbering state by 4 year old. She was so excited when I told her she could help me do the dishes, that she practically sat at my feet beckoning me to kitchen sink. After a couple of hours of blog reading, commenting, and updating my status on Facebook, I succumbed to her cries. We started at the top, and worked our way to the bottom of piles, in the sink. Little did I know what lay beneath the pile on the counter!
I viewed the awesome fright from a different perspective. My spiritual is much like the sink full of dirty dishes. I look at them and think how overwhelming it will be to deal with them, clean them, set them aright. So, I become lazy. I think to myself, "I can wait till tomorrow, or next week, or till just before that appointed time. But the longer I wait, the more I procrastinate, Satan comes in like a thief. He speaks to me of my fleshly wants and desires, and distracts me from what God has for me. And when God beckons me, and I succumb to His calling, I realize the stain that has been left by my laziness. If I had only, remained faithful, allowing Him to work (cause really it Him doing the work, I am merely compliant) and clean, maybe the stain wouldn't be there.
So I repent, I return, I rest and He pours on His grace, the blood of Christ. He scrubs away like Psalms 51:7
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
I will be made new!
Lord forgive my laziness, laziness in my phsical life, and laziness in my spiritual life. Cleanse the stains that have been left by my sins, and create in me a clean heart and pure hands, that will not be folded but working, doing. I will be and hearer and doer of Your word.