A Rundown On What’s Run Down
“I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. (Proverbs 24:30-32)
This focus from Proverbs 24 is interesting because it is not essentially what could be called a piece of “advice”, but an observation about learning by observation.
It applies on any number of levels – sloppy thinking, slopping attitudes, sloppy habits, sloppy work… and especially sloppiness when it comes to spiritual endeavor and the pursuit of God. This little thought poses a question: What does one do when one sees states of ruin, neglect, carelessness? Answer: Consider it well, examine it, and see what it tells you. And make a note to not be that way.
Suppose the vineyard represents what is to be the fruitfulness of the Spirit within us – the likeness unto the One Who calls Himself the Vine. If we are truly the branches we will not be mired down in thorns and nettles. For we are kept and cared for by the Vinedresser, bearing fruit in due season.
This little passage makes a great deal of sense. God’s messages are everywhere. “Behold!” Scripture so often says.
Look around. What do you see? What might He be showing you concerning yourself or your life? Sometimes He will offer the most profound message through the simplest, ordinary, everyday things.
Hopefully we can get into the habit of not overlooking them or of taking them for granted.