One of the goals I set for myself and my blog is to write a post every Monday. Since I’ve yet to start working toward this goal, I told myself last week I would write something for my Meditation Mondays series. Now it’s Monday and I’ve not got anything to post.
Let me start by explaining one thing about me, I work well under pressure. Because I work well under pressure, I have a tendency to procrastinate things. On my best writing days of Wednesday and Thursday, I find myself putting off writing a post for Monday. I tell myself I’ll write the post during the weekend, then on the weekend I put off writing using the excuse my husband’s home, and in the end I say I’ll write my post on Monday morning. Then Monday morning comes and now I dealing with writer’s block. So what do I do?
Well I spend hours writing, deleting, writing, deleting, flipping through notes and still nothing to post. Then I decide the very predicament I’ve put myself in, is exactly what I should write about. With the fact that I’m failing to prepare for my Monday post, I find myself not ready when Monday comes. This makes me think about Jesus telling of the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” Matthew 25:1-13
While lack of preparation with my blog is not really a concern for anyone but me, the lack of preparation puts me under undue stress. This is the very thing the five foolish virgins experienced. They woke from their sleep and found they didn’t have enough oil to keep their lamps burning. During the very moment that they should experience the excitement of the arrival of the bridegroom they were concerned with other things. Reading about the five foolish virgins and seeing their state of worry makes me think of what Jesus said to Martha, “And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
When I read the parable of the ten virgins, I understand the most important message of that passage is the need to be prepared for the return of Jesus. But like most passages of the bible, it offers more than one message. I think it offers a good lesson about undue stress that procrastination can cause.
The foolish virgins lack of preparation caused them to go on the hunt for more oil and miss meeting the bridegroom. While the scriptures do not reveal that Martha lacked in preparation for the visit with Jesus, it does tell us she was worried and troubled about other things rather than the most important thing. The foolish virgins caused themselves worry about other things and missed out on the most important thing. Each of these passages gives an example of someone letting things get in the way of what’s important.
Not preparing for my blog before Monday caused me lots of stress this morning. Rather than spending time this morning meditating on God’s word and writing my thoughts on it, I spent much of the morning worrying about just getting something posted. Because I was in a frenzied state of writing, I nearly missed out on talking with my son before he left. Thankfully, he made me look at him and focus on his words, and I put the computer aside for that moment.
Because my procrastinating had me unprepared to post something this morning, I nearly missed these important things. Even though I found a topic, studied some scriptures and wrote some thoughts, my habit of procrastination caused me much unneeded stress. Thankfully God sees fit to use my moments of weakness to teach me a lesson and give me something good.
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
As always thanks for reading. Blessings for a great week.
Until next time,