“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
Because it is MLK, Jr. Day, my mind went back to when I wrote this little devotional or article while still working for a large automotive company call center. I vaguely recalled what I wrote, so I decided to do some digging and find it. To my knowledge, it was never published, so I’ll re-post what I wrote here. I have to say, re-reading this in hindsight, seeing where I am now in my life, I can’t help but chuckle and how little I knew about what was to come. Instead of a three-hour commute, I share a van with my husband and maybe use it twice a week. Where I once was making a lot of money, my biggest financial contribution to my family is now how I can save the money that Shane brings in. Where once I was childless, I now have two beautiful boys that I have the privilege to raise alongside their Daddy. A lot has changed in my life, but the message below still applies.
“Bloom where you’re planted.” I had heard it so many times before, but one recent experience brought new meaning to those words for me. While on my lunch break a few weeks back, I was sitting in my car listening to the radio. A talk show host was quoting a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I had never heard before. He was speaking to a class of 6th graders when he said the following:
“And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better. If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music…Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”
The quote moved me and I immediately began to thank the Lord for His call on my life. I told him how grateful I was for my calling to be a wife and an eventual mother. But it was then, that the Lord gently rebuked me. You see, I was on my lunch break for a full-time job at a great company. Have you ever had the Lord speak to you in that still, small voice, and yet felt shaken to your core?
Up to this point, in my mind, especially in recent months, my job had become a dreaded stepping stone to becoming that stay-at-home wife and mom that I felt so called to be. I struggled through every day, feeling much like a martyr for my long commute and my high-stress role.
I’m so thankful for that moment with the Lord in my car. That day He made it abundantly clear to me how influential I can be for Him in this job until He moves me. I can shine my light, work diligently, honor my boss, and most importantly, honor the Lord. I walked back to my desk with a genuine smile on my face for the first time in weeks…maybe months.(YIKES!) The very next day I had the privilege to talk to a customer who desperately needed to hear someone was praying for her. How thankful I am that the Lord showed me I needed an attitude adjustment the day before I got that call or I might have missed a crucial opportunity!
Do you find yourself “in between” one place in life and another? Are you viewing your current state as a stepping stone for your life to really begin? I’d encourage you to take a moment and thank the Lord for the very place you’re in. The blessing is right where you are!
Blessings and much love,