Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
This idea of "considering the ant" is odd for a post made up of photographs saluting this passing summer, but I just couldn't shake the idea. It probably has a lot to do with the shots of that super cool grasshopper I stumbled across while my husband was wrestling with the third car seat we have packed in our small-sized family car.
Consider the ant...seriously. Another passage in the book of Proverbs refers to the ant as one of the for little things here on the earth that are actually exceedingly wise. But why? I'm not going to spend time discussing this topic in great detail here in this particular, but it is something to ponder. When we think about the stories revolving around ants in our culture (most specifically the ant and the grasshopper), the idea is clearly to purposefully work. To keep busy, to be productive. Yet, the idea in modern society is to search for areas to slow down, or ways to work less.
Please, before I continue, hear my heart on this: I am not saying that we don't need to rest. I'm not saying that God does not make room for us to rest and has even directed us to rest in His Word. And I'm not saying that "work" as we know it should dominate our lives. I'm just wanting us to consider what rest and work really look like in God's Word. And what have we allowed these two very important and spiritually significant constructs to look like in our lives.
Friends, I am all about making things easier and taking much-needed breaks. But in my own experience, much-needed breaks turn into taken for granted reasons to put something aside. And making something easier, for me, often means becoming resentful for the things that take a little more effort.
So, food for thought...when are we really working too hard? And when does rest cross the line to laziness?
Until next time,
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