“Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him (Psalm 127:1-3).”
It’s Spring Break at the university where I teach. The word “break” is bolded and underscored here because I want to give it emphasis. This break could not come too soon.
I work in an intensive program for international studenrs. The word “intensive” is bolded and underscored here because I also want to give it emphasis. When it’s going on, my work is really concentrated. By the time a term ends. I feel like a squeezed prune.
Despite it’s exhausting nature, God is using my work in my life. I think He is disciplining me, not as a punishment, but to make me more loving and holy. There is something about working hard and dealing with people in that kind of environment which can do that for me, if I let it. God is preparing me for His eternal kingdom, where love and holiness will be the norm (Hebrews 12:7-14, 28).
When I am working, it would be unconscionable for me to lie in bed and relax. I have people depending on me. My family needs my financial support, and my employer expects quality production from me. If I rested during the time when my intensive work is going on, poverty would visit my door (Proverbs 6:6-11).
But as wise King Solomon wrote, there is a time and place for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Now I have a break. I don’t want to sound like I am too high on myself, but the time off is well deserved. I have worked hard.
The work will come around again soon enough. But now it is time for a short while to spend time with my family, sleep and recreate. re