Some of life’s more challenging events have a way of putting things into proper perspective. Our recent mission to La Romana is just such an event. We are reminded of the important things, and that makes us realize we are so often consumed by the little things. This idea is addressed in a love note…
The love note is Song of Solomon. In chapter two, we read:
The man speaks–“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is lovely.”
She replies–“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom.” (2:14-15-NASB)
Do you see it? The big thing is their time together. She is not asking for protection from armies, lions, bears, etc. She is asking protection from a little thing that steals from them. She has, and models, a proper perspective.
In Unto the Hills, Billy Graham tells a story about a girl and her father. They enjoyed walks together and always kept an eye out for the many birds they would see. They enjoyed the changes of scenery each season would bring and they certainly enjoyed meeting different people with whom they crossed paths.
A day came that the girl didn’t come to walk with her father. She said she couldn’t go and he assumed it was just part of her growing up. Still, he was unhappy about walking alone.
After some weeks of walking alone, and continuing to be unhappy about it, he sat down to celebrate his birthday with his family. His daughter gave him some hand-made slippers which she lovingly fashioned during her father’s walks. Realizing what had been going on, the father said, “My darling, I like these slippers very much, but next time buy the slippers and let me have you all the days. I would rather have my child than anything she can make for me.”
How often do we present our Father with some work or labor? How often did that labor for Him get in the way of spending time with Him? Don’t misunderstand. The labors for Him and the Kingdom are important. But they are second to Him. The Ephesian church got that message. Their works were all in order, but they left their first love and lost perspective! The “little foxes” of busy-ness stole from them. Are they stealing from you?