In the quiet, humble tasks of daily life, there is beauty.
How often do I dread the mundane chores? They can seem lonely. Isn’t that the general feeling associated with chores? I love this quote:
“Yes, even in the most mundane tasks we can see God’s glory. Not every glimpse of Him is fireworks or the emotional mountain top. Sometimes, God desires us to see him at work in the quiet, reminding us He is humble and gentle.” -unknown
Remember Paul was a tentmaker by trade. He knew how to work with his hands. So, did Peter, James and John who fished the sea. Lydia wove purple cloth as a profession. They could do the work, most likely with little effort because their minds, bodies and spirits knew the work inside and out.
Ruth participated in the mundane task of looking for leftover grain in Boaz's field after the harvest. Did she use the time to pray and praise God for never leaving her and Naomi?
When we load or unload the dishwasher, we don't have to think much. Laundry requires the same actions to be repeated over and over. So does mowing the lawn or making a familiar meal. In these ordinary tasks, do we pause to look for the glory of the Lord?
What if the quiet humble tasks were never meant to be dreaded. Perhaps, they were designed to be repetitive and easy. It allows us to pray, ponder and praise the wonders of our Mighty God without distraction in the midst of our daily doings.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. -John 15:4
I once did a word study on this verse. Abide is a great word. It is like learning to steep ourselves in Jesus, like a tea bag in hot water. In time, the tea bag infuses the water with flavor. Do we let ourselves steep in Jesus until we are infused with His eyes and His heart.
As we learn to listen for His ways, we can find gratitude in the mundane.
Today, I am grateful for the mundane.