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Well, first, I speed up instead of slowing down. Why? Because I have important things to do, I have mv work to do, and I donít want to slow down. Donít you be telling me to go slow! Iím the original energizer rabbit! And I am busy, my work is important! I speed up!
And then the second thing I do is take a look at how many people are really working, and how many are just standing around! When I pass a roadwork site, I do a quick and dirty census. Twenty workers out here. Two are supervising, and we know thatís not work. Six are leaning an their shovels, three are talking on cell phones, four are getting a drink of water, one is in the portapotty and two others are in line, one is driving the big machine -- which looks more like play than work to me -- which leaves one guy, one lonely guy, to wield the shovel and move the dirt around. Twenty workers and only one sweaty soul is doing the work! Wow! What a rip-off!
But, oh well, itís only tax money. Doesnít matter, right? Right?!
Wrong! Wrong, because I feel cheated if only one man out of twenty appears to be working. Wrong, because I feel itís unfair, inefficient, and wasteful. And most of all, I have to work, so why donít they? Nobody does my work for me. Nobody allows me to hang out while others work. I donít like laziness at my expense. Let me speed up and get to work and show them how itís done!
Except that of course I may not have seen everything. I may not have understood what I thought I saw. I may not know that the shovel leaners are poising themselves to leap into action at just the right moment, when the earth-moving machine finishes its work. I may not have understood that the ones talking on the phones are coordinating things with expert knowledge. I may not have seen that the ones getting water were only a few minutes ago teaming together to lift a giant slab of rock. I certainly donít understand the skill it takes to run that giant machine, and I donít have a clue what it means to supervise such a complicated operation.
In other words, my smug snarling about their laziness is off base. What my eyes think they see is only part of the truth. The real issue is that I donít need to be worrying about somebody else being lazy. I just need to get out of the way, and let them do their work as it was designed. I just need to trust them, that they know what they are doing, and I need to be on and about what I am supposed to do.
Sometimes it looks like God is lazy. Super giant lazy. Because, for crying out loud, cannot God see that there is a lot to be done down here? Cannot God grasp that this world needs His involvement, needs it now, needs it quickly? Somehow God must be lazy. God needs to get to work! Like I do!
Habakkuk the prophet thought that way. He raised a complaint. After all, things were getting desperate. The Babylonians had chipped away at the little kingdom of Judah until there was hardly anything left. King Jehoiakim had survived only by paying tribute, year after year after miserable year. Now, Lord, you know thatís not right! This is your nation! This king is the rightful descendant of David. This Temple in this holy city of Jerusalem you have promised to protect. So get busy, Lord! Get to
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