I know this verse has much to do with work ethics, laziness and being productive. Certainly, the farmer without oxen does not have the worry and chore that comes with mucking stalls; however, he also has no way to plow his field or harvest his grain! But this verse is also a reminder to check our focus. Yes, many blessings we enjoy simply because we have a Heavenly father that loves us. But, often, our blessings come with much effort, long nights, sacrifice or even tears. And if our focus is on the stalls to be mucked, how quickly we can lose sight of the blessing of the harvest!!
This is true for all of us….but this morning I was thinking of mommies with little ones. This story comes to mind – when our three were little we often made road trips to visit my parents. Somehow, it became our little tradition that whenever we returned home, we would unpack the car and then order pizza delivered. Such a small thing was such a big deal for my little guys!! The three of them would wait anxiously for the pizza man to arrive and then squeal with delight once he knocked on the door!
I greeted the pizza man, after one such trip, with my children squealing and giggling, feeling just a bit too travel-weary! And I will never forget what he said. He smiled, “I love the sounds of a happy house!” Happy!?!? I sorta thought the kids were overly wound from being in the car for eight hours, too loud, and even starting to aggravate my last nerve….how quickly that pizza man changed my focus! My children were playing, laughing and happy (and I didn’t even have to cook! 🙂 )
Time does fly. Certainly I don’t want to miss the joy of my blessings today because I am focused on the dirty stalls….or other inconveniences that may come with those blessings!