The Ant and the Sluggard

This is actually a follow up to the last write up. So on the first day of lockdown, I came to one realization, I needed to have a homestay plan. I think I’m moving fast. Ok, let’s go back to the beginning. So the President of Ghana declared a partial lockdown for two weeks because of COVID-19. I was glad I was part of the greater population going under this lockdown. First of all, I was tired physically and was even planning on taking some days off work. And then the manner in which the virus spread was scary that all I prayed for was a lockdown to contain the spread so I was more than happy and gladly welcomed the two weeks lockdown. Now let’s go back to the beginning. 

I realized after day one that I needed a homestay plan. So I planned one in my It was a simple one. It didn’t need any notebook and pen. Morning time with God, morning workout, afternoon naps(I miss having them), reading and writing and watching movies till 12midnight…all the other activities will fit in somewhere… I didn’t only convince myself about this, I convinced my best friend about this plan and he even went ahead to send me a workout plan for a bigger and firmer butt. I’m sure he was tired of all the noise I make about my butt when it’s so obvious there’s nothing there..😂😂. Day one went well and I knew I wasn’t going to be bored because I’m an indoor person so all this stay home, stay safe was nothing new to me. On the fourth day, my brother came to my room and was telling me about our neighbours who had drawn tomato, a game on the floor and jumping all over. He went like they are so bored they ended up doing that and here I was in bed, watching movies as if nothing is happening in the world… Akua bored, forget.  Anyways that’s not the reason for this write-up, I will talk about that another time. 

So back to my homestay plan. I think the first three days was ok. I didn’t do the exercise and writing, but I did the other ones. And it’s been ongoing till day 7 when I thought I should look at the homestay plan again. I was actually going through my gallery when I saw the workout plan. It was funny. I was like eiii  Akua, so you didn’t exercise. Instead of actually getting off my bed and exercising I rather posted it on my WhatsApp status..🤦🏿‍♀️. It was supposed to be funny but the Holy Spirit has a way of turning the joke on you and actually teaching you something from the little things in our lives. Out of nowhere, this scripture came to mind. Proverbs 6:6. Go to the ant you sluggard, consider it’s ways and be wise. I wasn’t so happy with this verse that came to mind right after posting the workout but again I put it on my WhatsApp status. I went back to that scripture and now actually took my time to read that whole passage about the ant and the sluggard.

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.
How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
    When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.

After reading everything, I went like, “this sleeping dier it’s not our doing o God”. And then I imagined God giving me that look👀. “Yes, I get it I’m not exercising because I’m just being sluggish. Fine I will start”. It occurred to me that we were told to stay home but weren’t told to lazy about, staying home didn’t mean we should end up being sluggards. The truth is this: All this will definitely end. So when it ends, is it going to be wasted days of our lives? 

C’mon, you should have added something positive to your life this lockdown. Personally, I’m learning so much from a book I’m reading about being a woman…but I think there’s more I can do in these times like developing that exercise attitude that is good for my health. For some people with no commander and overseer, we are just wasting this opportunity given us. We need to enjoy this period, sleep, post funny things on our status, spend time with friends on phone and all but all I’m saying is do something different and something positive. Let’s take advantage and be wise like the ant in this situation. Without any supervision, it plans ahead and makes hay whiles the sunshine. When everything looks ok, the ant looks into the future and not just now. 

How many of us are even planning for the period after this? It’s not going to be easy at all after all this pass. We will now have to readjust and we might never go back to how we were before all this happened because things are going to change. Systems are going to change and we will be forced to change or adapt to the new world. Before you move out to the unknown, do something to make yourself proud. Finish up that project, that work you keep postponing, I tell you, this is the best time to. The craft you started learning and stopped, just finish it up. That neighbour you’ve ignored for long, give them a wave and a smile, all the people you’ve kind of drifted from, maybe this is the time to check up on them. Let’s use this time to fix relationships, one such relationship that comes to mind is our relationship with God,  develop a good habit or even quit a bad one. It’s a great time in history to be alive, so let it count!

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