Sloth and Manhole Dream

By Anjie Carpenter

The Dream: On March 29, 2008 I dreamed that I saw an open manhole in the middle of the road. I reached into the manhole and pulled out a large sloth about four feet tall with dirty white fur.

The Interpretation: Sloth is symbolic of laziness or slothfulness. The manhole is a play on words. In order to make our spirit man “whole” we must get the sloth – the tendency to be slothful – out of our heart and lives. On the pathway of life, “sloth,” or slothfulness, will attempt to block our progress. In the dream the sloth was a dirty white color. White represents purity. The dirty white of the sloth represents things that seem good to us, but in reality are not.

The Application: Romans 12:11 tells us not to be slothful in our business, but instead, to be passionate about what we have to do. Where we have been avoiding certain natural or relational “business” we need to attend to, or, conversely, become so overcommitted that we cannot do a good job at anything, the dirty white sloth has nestled into our lives.

For those of us who are very spiritually atune, slothfulness can block our growth when we neglect menial, day-to-day responsibilities. Nothing can undermine happiness like unpaid bills or an engine blown because we forgot to change the oil.

For worker bees like myself, a slothful spirit may manifest, not in our jobs or practical matters at home, but in neglecting to attend to spiritual needs of the heart or important relationships (Haggai 1:5-11).

For others, it has become convenient to do all sorts of worthy things, yet slothful about our truest God-given talents. Perhaps we are burying our talents, keeping them to ourselves. The Lord calls us slothful and wicked servants when he bury the gifts He has given us (Matthew 25:26). He regards this avoidance as lazy.

Scriptures on Sloth:

“The way of the sluggard is overgrown with thorns (it pricks, lacreates and entangles him), but the way of the righteous is plain and raised like a highway” (Proverbs 15:19).

“Do not be slothful to go in to possess the land” (Judges 18:9).

“The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor” (Proverbs 12:24).

Prayer to respond: Lord Jesus, I ask you to reveal any spiritual, physical or relational slothfulness that has crept into my life. I ask you to intervene and remove the spirit of sloth from my life, especially where it is blocking my path. Make my spirit man whole, and help me to continue on toward my destiny. Reveal to me what laziness is, and give me understanding about how to be faithful in the physical and spiritual work you have given me to do. Amen

Additional References: Proverbs 12:27, Proverbs 18:19, Proverbs 19:15 and 24, Proverbs 21:25, 22:13, 24:30, 26:13-15, and Ecclesiastes 10:18.



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