“And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.” -Psalm 90:17
Most of us spend our days in settled routines: we go to school, go to work, raise babies or a combination of these. At some point, these routines become mundane and we start to crave more: we dream of doing big things, traveling the world and a dozen other things that sound more interesting than what we’re doing right now.
For two months this summer, I studied for the bar exam. For 8-10 hours a day, I sat alone in my apartment or in a coffee shop and crammed my brain full of information. Every minute of it was challenging and frankly, it sucked. Most days, I did not want do the work. I dreaded mornings because that meant starting on yet another subject and likely failing over and over again.
So, when the Lord told me to praise Him for this season, I complained even more. Because this work was not praiseworthy. But, I’ve learned to solve all my issues on my knees so that’s where I ended up. I prayed for wisdom. I prayed for strength. But most of all, I prayed to see Jesus in this work.
Slowly, I found things to be grateful for. Like the fact that it was only two months – a temporary season. And that through this, God began re-inforcing in me the importance of discipline and running the race well. He showed me the dozens of prayer warriors in my life who quite literally carried me through my darkest moments and through the two days of examination. The Lord reminded me that this is the last thing I must overcome before I become a licensed attorney and continue in the profession He called me to.
Your work matters. Even if it seems mundane or if you can’t see the reward right now. Entertaining fussy toddles and changing diapers is kingdom work. Memorizing all the bones and muscles in the human body for an anatomy class will lead you to greater things. Working in an entry-level position from 9 to 5 is but a starting point for more responsibilities ahead.
If you can’t see God in what you do each day, get on your knees and Him to establish the work of your hands. And He will. Because you were truly called for such a time as this.