The "doldrums" are actually a geographical band where there is little wind; and so, back in the day, sailing ships that found themselves in the "doldrums" might be trapped there for days.
That's kind of where I'm finding myself these days--in a spiritual doldrums.
At my church, Hopedale, there is currently a feeling of a great movement of the Spirit that is growing among the people. It's really pretty exciting.
But personally, it's not there. I look at my own life (spiritually speaking) and think that I'm really sitting around and doing nothing. I know that we all have our busy schedules, family issues, jobs, social networks (both real and virtual), and a host of excuses of why we keep putting our Kingdom work aside. But that's kind of the point; there are too many other things that get in the way of serving the one that we claim is GOD.
I was just reading a passage in The Gospel According to Luke, chapter 8. It fit me...and that's not a good thing.
Here's what it says:
though hearing, they may not understand.’[a]
Did you see me? Did you see yourself?
Here is where I saw John; right in the midst of these words: The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
"...choked out by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature."
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
It's odd that when we read these passages as believers, we always think of ourselves as "good soil" kind of people. I wonder what the people watching us would say. I wonder (and fear) what God would say.
Have you checked the crop lately? Mine is in need of some work.