Zechariah 4:10, “Who has despised the day of small things?
Have you ever felt, waking up every morning at the same time, going to the same job, doing the same routine that makes you feel tired and weary? You think this is so ordinary, boring and there is nothing significant about it. How could I possibly see and experience God’s great plans in this ordinary everyday routine?
Let me tell you, Do not underestimate the power of mundane things in life.
At the end of the year 2015, I was almost approaching towards the end of my one-year internship in Denmark. My clock in this new country is ticking and questions about what will I do next was constantly on my mind. It was yet another normal workday, the same routine of work and meetings scheduled for the day. But something special happened!
Every two weeks we have a regular one-to-one conversation with our managers to talk about how are things and a time to share wisdom and mentor. In that particular session, My manager and I casually talking about future plans, and I told him how I would like to stay in this country and look for an opportunity that fits my talents. But I had no clue where to start from.
Immediately, we worked out a talent chart sorting out my characteristics which would be a great fit for a job opportunity that was available on-premise. That particular conversation helped me decide on my next big career move that I have to make!
From the bible..
Similarly, in the bible, we read about a man named Eliezer who is looking for a potential bride for his master’s son, Isaac. He prayed a simple prayer, “ See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this, I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Genesis 24: 13- 14. NIV
Now, Rebecca an ordinary girl with an ordinary daily routine comes there to fetch water from the very same spring. Neither she has a clue about the purpose of Eliezer’s journey nor about his prayer. She was just doing her mundane task of fetching water. The same old routine for who knows how long she has been doing. But on this particular day, she met with Eliezer.
This little incident on an ordinary day, in her ordinary routine, led her to find her future husband, Isaac through Eliezer.
Sometimes we ask God, what is the will for my life and future. It’s simple. Be present in the present so he can guide you to your next step. But is that it?
With a cheerful heart, not only Rebecca offered Eliezer water but also his camel. Also, imagine how much water camels could drink. Now let’s think how is our attitude when we do those mundane things in life? Are we being grumpy and saying, “But God this is not supposed to be like this. I expected something big. It is not flashy enough to be appreciated.”
My friend, God is a great orchestrator of doing great things with our ordinary life moments.
- Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock when God decided to talk to him
- Ruth was picking up leftover grains when she met Boaz, the guardian-redeemer
- David was tending his father’s sheep when he was called out to be anointed as a king
Things like a conversation with a friend, picking up groceries, organizing chairs and help cleaning up the church, helping an old neighbor might be that mundane thing that might lead you to the next bigger step that you need to take.
In all these ordinary moments, just when you are doing chores of your everyday life, You never know, you could get a new job opportunity or meet your spouse or simply spark an idea for your future. Do not despise the day of small things.
Here is the key….
And remember, your humility, attitude, and faithfulness when doing the mundane things in life will determine and pave the way for the will of God to be fulfilled in your lives.
Pray with me!
Lord, Today make me realize that you work through the ordinary things in my life. Holy Spirit, help me to keep a good attitude, to be faithful in the small thing I do today, so it can be a setting stone for tomorrow. In Jesus’s name, Amen.