I’ve been thinking about gerbils a lot lately. I can’t tell you have many people in the past month have said to me “I feel like a gerbil that keeps going around in the same wheel all day long” or something to this effect. I can relate. Can you?
God has something to say about this. In Mark 4 as Jesus explains the parable of the sower and his seeds, He describes the seeds thrown among the thorns as people who “hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing” (Mark 4:19).
I want to tell myself that I am like the seed thrown on good soil, a person who “hears the word and accepts it and bears fruit” (Mark 4:20). When I feel like a gerbil in a wheel going round and round, I have to ask myself if the soil around me is really that good. Sometimes I know that the gerbil activity is sparked by feeling I’m not bearing fruit (accomplishing things at work, feeling recognized for what I do, producing things that are perfect….). The desire for good fruit is a great desire, but often we go about trying to fulfill it in the ways the world values, not the ways God values. I am guilty.
It’s interesting that brain research is beginning to document the fact that taking some time each day to be quiet improves productivity and quality of thinking – and this is without even calling on the Lord in prayer. How much more the Lord can accomplish when we take quiet time to be with Him. If you know you’re in the wheel, join me and get out a few minutes today. Ask the Lord to show you the condition of the soil around you.
PS – I have nothing against gerbils – they’re cute. 🙂