Some days we each need the reminder that all we do in this life truly does matter. And my reading the other day brought just that reminder.
The Lord instructed Samuel to start looking for a new king. Saul had been rejected by God as king and it was time for his throne to be filled, a daunting task for certain.
God specifically tells Samuel exactly where he will be able to find God’s man for this position:
“Go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.” (1 Samuel 16:1, NLT)
Jesse parades each of his sons before Samuel, only to be told that none of these were who the Lord had chosen. Until David was brought in from the fields.
It was a day much the same as any day. David was doing what he always had done – gotten up, maybe packed his lunch, and then went to work in the fields tending his father’s sheep. He could not have known the day would take a turn, forever changing his life and impacting others for all time.
And that is each of us.
We may be mothering our children, be in dishwater up to our elbows, have mounds of laundry, be walking the dog, or sitting at our desk at work and suddenly the Lord can change the course of your day. You might be called or led of God to do something for Him.
Or maybe the mundane is more important to God than meets the eye.
As I sit here typing to each of you two thoughts hit me:
- Jesse’s calling was to parent the next king.
- David’s calling was to be a shepherd, a lowly occupation in his day. He was the least likely of his brother. Yet his occupation of a shepherd was preparation for the next task God had for himÂ – to shepherd His people.
Both did their “jobs” well.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)
We may never know fully all God has planned for us. Sometimes we remain hidden and out of view for a while. But each part of our life is preparation for the next thing He has for us.
May we be faithful in all things.
The mundane may be the most sacred act we do.