Look Busy! Dad’s Home!
“Thanks be to You, O God, the One who gives me the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, I will be steadfast, immovable, abounding in Your work, Lord, knowing that my labor in You is not in vain.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
When I was growing up, my brothers and I were always supposed to be busy working. We were about 18 months apart in age, and during the month of April, we were 8, 9, and 10 for two weeks. Dad would take us to our garden which was about 10 minutes outside of town, drop us off around 8am on Saturday and then pick us up at noon. While there, our job was to pull weeds out of the garden. Of course, as mischievous young boys, we did have time for a dirt clod fight or a wrestling match. But we always knew we better have those weeds pulled, including the roots before Dad arrived.
As the garden grew, we would have to pick the vegetables. It was our job to fill our wagon up with vegetables and take them around our neighborhood, selling them door to door. Our home just happened to back up to a TG&Y parking lot as well. (For those of you who are too young to remember what a TG&Y was, it was similar to Wal-Mart.) Dad would have us set up a table with vegetables on it to sell. We would have to turn our radio up really loud to draw attention to us so people would come over to buy produce. I remember it being so embarrassing, but it was effective!
As we got into our teenage years, Dad purchased an 80-acre farm, and then bought a 100-acre farm that was only 30 minutes from our house in town. There, he would put us to work building fence, carrying firewood, hauling hay, plowing a field, or planting a garden. We would also go hunting and fishing with our dog named, “Princess”. My younger brother and I also used to shovel snow, mow yards, rake leaves, sell Grit newspapers and pull weeds. We always had a job. I’m sure you get the picture–Dad kept us, three boys, constantly busy! From the time I can remember when my dad would come home from work, we would say, “Hide! Dad’s home!”, or “Look busy! Dad’s home!” He didn’t want us sitting around idle.
In the same way, we as Christians, are not supposed to just sit around and watch for the Lord to come back. We live in a fallen world, and if you do not have something particular to do, preferably a God-given task, you could be tempted to sin. Satan wants nothing more than to lead you into temptation. The Bible tells us we are supposed to be about the Father’s business. “And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business”? Luke 2:49 (NKJV). We kept an eye out for Dad to come home, but we made sure that we were getting the work done that he had asked us to do. As I was writing this devotion, I thought a lot about the farm and all of the work my dad asked us to do. There were definitely times that we were not happy about it. I realize now that he was looking out for us and trying to keep us from getting into trouble.
In the same way, we should seek God’s work and rest for our lives. To avoid idleness and empty busyness, take the time to pray about God’s will for you each day. Try including a to-do list in spending time with the Lord. Seek His guidance for what He would have you do for that day.
Challenge yourself to be a good steward of your time—both at work and rest. Don’t spend your precious time on empty pursuits. Busyness isn’t always bad, only when it’s empty.
Pray: Dear Lord, You are the Creator of time, and so often I neglect to seek Your will for my days. You have called me to a place of stewardship with my time and I need Your help. Please show me when and how to be productively busy—and when to set it all aside and rest or play. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Senior Adult Pastor
First Baptist Broken Arrow | Community Baptist Coweta