Right from the get go, when I prayed this morning, Jesus talked to me about idleness.
“To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing. ISAIAH 40:25-30
Am I equal to your worries?
Is spending time planning your future more important than talking to Me about your future?
Rest in Me.
Thank-you Lord, that today I truly rested in You. And You made my whole day livelier.
This morning I got to meet my beautiful best friend Daniella at a cool eatery called Thrive Energy Lab. We both debated between sweet and savoury options for too long, before both settling on savoury. My bowl had sweet potato, avocado, scrambled tofu, all sorts of veggies… yuuuum
Daniella has been a sister to me since I was 12 years old, and I can’t picture life without her. She is truly an angel of a person.
After breakfast and some shopping, I headed to my two English classes, the second of which we studied an essay by one of my favourite 18th C writers, Samuel Johnson.
As Pride sometimes is hid under humility, Idleness is often covered by turbulence and hurry… Some are always in a state of preparation, occupied in previous measures, forming plans, accumulating materials, and providing for the main affair. These are certainly under the secret power of Idleness.
Oh, how convicted I was reading the brilliant words of Johnson! How true this is. Sometimes we busy ourselves with the mundanities in order to appear in control and unidle… but this itself is idling. Johnson, a deeply Christian man, writes these words in such relevant ways to describe a common issue of deception.
“Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.” ECCLESIASTES 10:18
I pray, Lord, for the wisdom to know if I am deceived by idling.
After class, it was off to work, where I got to work for a couple hours with Kevin, one of my closest friends, who took a shift from someone at my store. He works at another Starbucks in the area, and so working with him was so refreshing, and we just cracked jokes the whole shift! One of my sweetest and most selfless co-workers offered to drive me home as well, and chatting with her was one of the highlights of my day.
Sometimes my mind tries to convince me that it needs to be busy. Needs to be working, planning, busy, thinking. I know this is a lie, for I know that it is ONLY Jesus who can do an eternally meaningful thing, a “thing” for His glory, and when His Spirit is working in me, He is focused entirely on the people around me, loving them.
What beautiful revelation made understood in me today. Thank-you Lord!