What if, though you wanted to do something so great for God, He asked you to be a plumber. Not to pick on plumbers, but in the social status of today’s world, they are viewed as being at the bottom of the rung (though I could think of worse jobs).
See here’s the deal. I have had a shift in my life recently where everything that I used to define myself by, suddenly is no longer. So I am looking at myself and saying, “Ok God! Here I am, do with me what you will!” One problem… He hasn’t responded. The “jobs” that consume my time are things that I feel are so insignificant. I am not trained for anything, I have no degree, I’ve always been a home schooling mom and a coach. Now, my kids are enrolled in school and I resigned from coaching effective this season.
I know the answer, but I will be honest, I can’t seem to grasp it in my heart of hearts. The “answer” is to embrace God and find my identity in Him and Him alone because all these things are only temporary at any given moment. The only constant in the equation of my life is my God! Why do we refuse to cling to the only One who is unchanging, constant, stable, unfading, and unfailing.
I feel so out of touch. Maybe you’ve been there, maybe you’re there right now. Pray for me and with me as I take one step at a time through each day. Tonight it seems like each step takes a prayer and my feet feel heavy. I need my Lord to remind me of who I am and who He has made me to be through His Son. I am on a journey of self discovery and I am scared to DEATH! I cannot be concerned over what people think no matter their age, it’s between me and God.
Some verses for pondering:
“Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD. ” [Psalm 27: 14]
“He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;” [Psalm 37:6-7a]
“Wait for the LORD and keep his way.” [Psalm 37:34]
“I have become like a man who does not hear,
whose mouth can offer no reply.
I wait for you, O LORD;
you will answer, O Lord my God.” [Psalm 38:14-15]
“I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.” [Psalm 40:1-3a]
So what if God calls me to be a plumber? It’s a dirty job… but somebody has to do it… and hey, at the end of the day, I’ll know that even though you may act better than me… your poo still stinks 🙂
“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” [1 Peter 4:11]
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your poo still stinks 🙂
I’m not sure I agree with that… 😉
Hang in there!! I have been there myself and it is scary when everything you used to ‘be’ is gone. God most certainly has something for you. It may be as ‘simple’ as using the time you now find yourself with to figure out ‘who’ YOU are. (you know: not Amanda’s mom or Shawn’s wife or the VB coach or….) That by itself can take a lifetime!
My pastor’s sermon yesterday might be helpful. I can sum it up in one sentence: ‘Do everything you do in a way that will make God smile’. He included everything we do with our body, mind or spirit. So, whatever you find yourself doing, if it is something that will make Him smile, you are on the right path.
There is one thing lower than a plumber: a Drain and Sewer Cleaner. As a former D&S Specialist, I can assure you we are the laughing stock of the plumbing community.
Rolling around in human poo all day does give one some perspective.
Being a plumber can’t be all bad. We got two new shut-off valves a few months ago. Thirty minutes of work for him. $250 less for us.
hope it works out, for you just hang tit.