Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23, 24
Fifth grade band is a requirement for our public school making it a longgggg year for parents! My daughter decided the violin was her instrument of choice. Day in and day out she practiced. The squeak, squeak, squeak was enough to drive even the most patient of mothers off a cliff. Her little part, played in isolation, was hardly recognizable and there were days when both of us wondered, “what’s the point?!”
The magic came however at the final concert when her hard work blended with all the other instruments and became the sound the composer intended. It was nothing short of a miracle!
This morning I was reading a devotional by Philip Yancey who posed the question, “Did Jesus ever question the value of the time he was spending as a carpenter on such repetitive tasks?”
It can often seem to us as though what we do day in and day out has little to no value- laundry, driving children endlessly to lessons, sitting in traffic as we head to work, listening to the same story over and again from the one who suffers from dementia… Believing that there is purpose to our daily tasks requires faith in a master composer who knows what He is trying to create. I feel quite often I was created for a much bigger story. A much more exciting adventure.
What challenges are you facing today? Are you working for a boss who favors the other guy? Is money tight? Is your marriage failing? Do you have a child headed for destruction? Perhaps you’ve chosen retirement but now you’re feeling useless. Or maybe you just learned you have cancer. We all are facing something today.
Something we wish we could change.
But we are called to THIS day, THESE tasks and we are asked to do them as unto the Lord. Whatever they may be! We are also called to our relationships and asked to serve as if we were serving Christ Himself.
Today, as each of us tackles what is before us, let us remember we are part of a bigger story. Our Father has a purpose for you and for me even if it means another chemo treatment, sitting in a prison cell or heading to the grocery store- again. Although our choices or circumstances may seem mundane or even hopeless the Composer is creating something and our part is vital to the whole.
My daughter no longer plays the violin and Jesus was not a carpenter for long. Whatever you face is not the final story. The promise is that as we show up to do our part our Father will make something out of our offering. He is the one who knows how the music will sound in the end.
And He IS creating a masterpiece.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Gal. 6:9).