It’s a profoundly good question, isn’t it? “How come we always talk about the essential oils rather than the non-essential ones?”
CK Chesterton once said, “I never discuss anything except politics and religion. There is nothing else to discuss.”
Well, there’s still love and romance and poetry and music, but I digress.
I share his views and often find myself doing the same, but here’s the clincher, I can only take my eyes off the Lord for about 30 seconds, three minutes tops. The moment I look about the world I start to lose my sense of peace, I get caught up in the turbulence. A bit like Peter I suddenly realize it’s actually water I’m walking on, which totally defies the laws of gravity and surface tension and so panic sets in.
Chuckling here, but the Lord spoke to me, He really did, which apparently distresses some people, so I am very sorry for that, but I assure you He speaks. He spoke to me about the non-essential oils and how very biblical that is, because “consider the lilies, how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Luke 12:27
The non-essential oils are all the things we disregard or dismiss as unimportant, as banal and insignificant like, it’s just a stupid flower and certainly not nearly as important as the opinions of man….
And yet, “Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” All the trappings of men, wealth, beauty, power, wisdom, all nothing but vanity. Everything passes away and we ourselves are but dust. Not “stardust” either as Neil Degrasse would have you believe, but the ordinary, dirty kind that gathers in the nooks and crannies of our lives.
The opinions of man are nothing more than dust that can soon be shaken off or swept out, but the lilies, now those are a work of art, a masterpiece really. The “non-essential oils” are the most important oils of all, the only ones that really matter. In the bass akwards ways of man however, we often get all caught up in our own plans, our own politics and conspiracies, our own vision for how things should go down. What we perceive as “essential,” is so doggone unimportant it can be downright comical sometimes. Petty. Trivial. So small-minded. Self serving.
Just try breathing life into a seed. I dare ya.
I suffer from this affliction myself, getting caught up in the cares of the world, forgetting about what is truly important, and so the Lord must speak to me often, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things. But only one thing is necessary……”