Rest vs. Laziness ... and 10 virgins
When the bridegroom came only the 5 who were prepared went with him. Those five weren't hectic overstressed girls. They rested & slept just like the other five. BUT - They had a sense of occasion. They knew that at any moment something glorious and significant could happen. They were prepared.
The other five had no sense of occasion. They were lazy and had no expectation on their evening. They just put off getting oil and went to bed. Just like any other night. But it wasn't any other night. They missed the moment.
It's easy for us to get into a routine. Just another day at work. Just another date with my spouse. Just another family night. Just another church service. Just another Monday... Laziness with no sense of significance.
Restful people don't try and muster up some significant moment all the time. But, they are prepared for one. Then when it comes, they can enjoy it and marvel at the occasion. It's the way we are called to live. What if tomorrow is the day that God wants to speak a new direction to you, but you can't be bothered to stop checking Facebook when you should be reading the Bible and praying. Or maybe there is another level of intimacy for you and your spouse, but you just don't want to find the emotional energy to ask them deep questions. Or perhaps there was a financial miracle God wanted to do in your life, but you hate organizing your finances. So you simply let them stay messy & you don't notice the hand of God at work. Every day is memorable if you do something memorable.
Rest this summer. Rest hard. Laugh deeply in order to refill your weary soul. Do what needs to be done so that you can hold the things coming. Significance is all around. Today is an occasion. Don't miss it.