It goes without saying that “the early bird gets the worm.” Yet I feel compelled to say it when I see this photo! For his worms I wonder if that early bird stays up late too. Perhaps the bird does not sleep so well wondering where to nab his next worm in the morning. There are other birds out there to compete with after all.
Our verse for today was written by Solomon who has lots to say about vanity. It is vain to make life all about acquisition. He should know as he did not deny himself any possession or pleasure (Eccl. 2:10-11). Yet when he surveyed all that he had toiled to achieve, it was meaningless. God chooses to bless His loved ones and does so apart from our own toil, even in sleep.
The Bible is full of verses on being a good conscientious worker and not a sluggard. But toiling incessantly is not the goal of life. Living with constant stress is not God’s plan. This world is so fast-paced seeming never to stop. One is always in a hurry to do more, be more and produce more. But when I put God’s Kingdom above everything else, God blesses me with everything needed (Matt. 6:33). There is no point to burning the candle at both ends. I can take that eight hours of sleep and not feel guilty. I belong to Him and I trust His care and provision. I can rest easy knowing He is faithful to provide.
Thank you Lord, that there will be sweet sleep tonight, knowing You love me.