Lord knows I’m a planner and producer.
I’ve got files and folders physical and digital stretching my future hopes into step-by-step endeavors. If you’ve got a topic to talk about, I’ve got a project you’re contributing to. The most visited destination in my mind is my idea mill. It’s a busy place!
Trouble is, it’s right next door to my idol factory. The one I’ve tried to shut down, condemn, and demolish. Someone keeps sneaking in and borrowing electric from the idea mill anyway.
This became apparent when I recently asked my too-patient husband to spend time studying the Bible about a certain topic with me. He happily agreed. We went out for dates and opened the Word and dug into a topic I’d been wondering about. The man has wisdom and I treasured the time.
That was until the topic reached the end of the line and I had no product to show for it.
When we wrapped up and I had nothing to hold, no shiny piece to present, I didn’t count the time a blessing or the wisdom any gain. The idea of Bible study, pillaged and carried off to the idol factory, had been reshaped. And, as idols do, it demanded more. It failed to satisfy.
When Productivity Pushes Too Far
A few too many conversations later God convicted me in the quiet: let it be as it is.
At the time, I was studying Ezekiel.
In Ezekiel 16, God tells the story of His taking Israel for a bride. He tells of adorning her- how He gave her precious jewels and metals. He invested in her, marked her as His own, and it was all for His (and her!) delight.
But she saw the opulence as opportunity.
She turned in what she had freely received for a profit. What started as a blessing became an idol because she thought it would be better when it became something more.
Ironically, I read the passage twice, put it through processing, and took down notes for something else I’m working to produce.
But God, in His mercy, let it catch up to me again.
Calling It Good: Taking In Without Taking Over
I asked my husband to Bible Study more. With all sincerity and gentleness, he said he didn’t want to frustrate me again. His heart isn’t for generating, but savoring. He’s never been one to have an agenda.
When God gives that man gold, he treasures it.
I tend to look at gold and wonder what I can make if I melt it.
To be fair, there’s a place for both. There was another time in Israel’s history when God blessed people with plenty of gold and also commanded them to melt it and shape it! He makes people producers too.
But there’s only ever one agenda- His glory.
What God wants to build, He will build. When He’s calls it good, it’s good enough already! He doesn’t need my plans to craft more cunningly. He doesn’t need my design to produce more efficiently.
Thank the Lord that no defense arose when my guy explained why he was hesitant to venture into the Word with me. I understood because God- the One reinforcing the eviction notice at the idol factory- had already given me a new idea: taking in without taking over.For us idea-mills and doers, it’s can be tough not to over-produce. Click To Tweet
Vision can cloud our view of what God has already adorned. What a blessing that there are natural-appreciators to remind us that God is also glorified in receiving well!
Do you try to take over what God gives you simply to take in?
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