Friday, February 2nd,
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A FEW Z's
a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep..."
There are three different inclinations in that
text. Everyone has to sleep. It is as vital a function as eating or breathing,
just remember, people die in their sleep. When we snooze we lose. When we rest
we rust, slack we lack. "So shall your poverty come as one that travels" (vs
34), which pictures a wandering hobo. First he begs "a little sleep". Sleep
implies sawing logs, cutting Z's, completely out of it, off in alpha zone.
Well, if I can't sleep then may I at least have "a little slumber"? Slumber and
lumber have the same root. It implies, laid out long and flat, not sound
asleep, but stretched out to rest. Okay then, if I can't slumber may I at least
have "a little folding of the hands" to relax? All the writer wants at that
point is to cup his hands behind his head and lay the recliner back for a
five-minute break. Is that all that bad?
Solomon is the one with the pen in hand. He did
not scale Israel's throne by taking lunch breaks. He had a solid work ethic.
His dad, David, had commissioned him, "Arise therefore, and be doing..." (1
Chronicles 22:16) Solomon was a doer. He built the Temple. He "spake three
thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five" (1 Kings 4:32). That took some mental engagement. He "was building his own house thirteen years,
and he finished all his house" (1 Kings 7:1). He was a finisher, not just a
starter. "All these were of costly stones...hewed stones, sawed with saws, within
and without..." (7:9) Aching muscles begged the Ben Gay tube, still he pushed his
body. He believed in accomplishment, being able to measure progress at the end
of the day. If anyone needed to fold his hands for a few Z's it would have been
King Solomon. He was tired, yet tireless, if that makes any sense. He believed
a man ought to work half a day six days a week and it didn't matter which half
he worked, the first twelve hours or the second.
The flesh would rather punch the snooze button
another time. It all goes back to the old adage, you can pay now and play later
or you can play now and have to pay later. Of course it is possible to overdo.
Solomon, the old man, wrote, "I made me great works; I built
houses...vineyards...gardens...pools of water", etc. then looked at all the work of
his hands and said, "...all was vanity and vexation of spirit" (Ecclesiastes 2:11).
The key is not to work hard but to work smart, but work we must. It is easier
to sleep than reap. He "that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame"
(Proverbs 10:5). Dorothy, Toto and Company fell asleep in the poppy field when
Oz was in sight. The temptation is to throw in the towel as to far off dreams
and take the less expensive course, "a little folding of the hands to sleep",
but reaching destiny requires desire, duty, discipline and above all constant
diligence and doing. Solomon never retired. He stepped from this world
into that world with a trowel still in his hand. That is the way every man
should meet his Master - "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes
shall find so doing" (Luke 12:43). We will get to rest later but there are
still daylight hours available wherein we can fulfill His will. The go home
bell will ring soon enough, until then, "Occupy till I come" (Luke 19:13).