Flight on Horses

A Lamplighter Moment from Mark Hamby

Work is exhausting. I know, because for the past two weeks I have relentlessly worked late hours just to finish all of the day’s work. For some, work is like a prison from which we wish to escape. We fantasize about having a day, a month, or a lifetime free from responsibility; about using time, money, and resources just as we please. Burdens and problems are not seen as opportunities to grow stronger, but become catalysts for escape and flight from reality.

Isaiah describes these dreams of flight from reality:

In repentance and rest is your salvation,
   in quietness and trust is your strength,
   but you would have none of it.
You said, “No, we will flee on horses.”
   Therefore you will flee!
                                    Isaiah 30:15-16

In his book The Rest of God, Mark Buchannan says: “What we find is that flight becomes captivity: once we begin to flee the things that threaten and burden us, there is no end to fleeing.”

Flight on the horses of our fantasy will not bring us to our desired haven of rest; they will only drag us downward. But embracing the work that God has for us has beneficial effects. Buchannon adds: “Without a rich theology of labor, we’ll have an impoverished theology of rest. We’ll find that both are hectic, sporadic, chaotic. We’ll find no joy in either.”

After the last two weeks of an intense work schedule, I joined a couple of friends to walk in the snow and soak in the beauty of God’s creation as twilight fell. It was satisfying and fulfilling, and I knew it was a direct result of the last two weeks’ deposits of intense work.

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24).

Mark recommends Basil: Honesty and Industry, a book that inspires children with a love for work.  Click here to learn more.


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