How to Meet with God in the Mundane
I step over a pile of green mucus the person in front of me hawked on the ground and board the bus. Body odors and foul air greet me, the stench of the unbrushed and unwashed.
I’m the only fair skinned one on this bus and I stick out like an alien with purple polka dots.
I’m traveling to a rural town called “Spirit Mountain” and when I arrive, I do sense the spirits, the long time resident ghosts that have kept this place in darkness.
I take light into the darkness.
I proclaim “Yesu” to giddy girls in dorms, to hardened taxi drivers who laugh cynically, to beach goers who can’t get past my white skin and pregnant belly.
Traveling home now, spent. Grimy and smelling myself. Aching back and blistered feet. But I’ve given my life to Jesus and I’ll spend it for Jesus and there is a glory in the work.
Five years later, I’m a virtual hermit, trapped on the 6th floor of an apartment building on the other side of the world with no car, no family, no outlet, not even a backyard…and 4 kids, 3 of them under two years old and in diapers.
This is not how I envisioned spending my life for Jesus.
Even the smells and the spit wads seem more glamorous than this.
That’s when I hear it, the story of the $1000 dollar life. Each of us have one, we are one. We are priceless, assigned the highest value possible by our Maker.
And in our love for our Jesus, we want to lay our lives down on the altar, heave our $1000 dollar bill on the table and live the glorious sacrifice.
God sees our offering and He’s pleased with it. He takes up our thousand dollar bill, He calls us aside and He says, “My precious one, you who I delight over and just can’t get enough of…this is what I want from you: I want you to take your thousand dollar bill to the bank and exchange it for $1000 in quarters.”
“This is what I want from you, dear one: I want your thousand dollars in quarters.”
Oh how I’ve balked at the insignificant sacrifices, those that press hard, that seem so trivial but cost so much, those that no one sees or cares about, those that seem to have no glory in them. The every day ones that fill the life of a mommy.
Yet this is how my Lord, my sweet Jesus wishes to receive my thousand dollar life. In quarters.
One meal, one hug, one diaper change, one bedtime story, one calm training session at a time.
Thus the choice of every homemaker: Will I willingly choose to hand Him my quarter, moment after moment after moment? Will I joyfully trust that I am storing up treasures in heaven as I slip those coins on the altar?
Will I entrust Him with the seemingly insignificant pennies worth of service? Can I offer even a simple penny up in praise for my Jesus?
Or will I insist on the “big” work?
I’ve given my life to Jesus and I’ll spend it for Jesus and there is glory in the work. Even if it’s in quarters.
Even if it’s in pennies.
Either way, here’s our thousand dollars, sweet Jesus.
This post was adapted from the devotional Trust Without Borders. Up for a gentle yet compelling journey to deeper intimacy with God? Grab your copy and dive in!
We started another year of schooling today. It’s my 12th year. I used to think I didn’t make a difference because I wasn’t getting paid. My house is usually messy during the school year (even with home ec class), which used to make me feel like I’m not doing a good enough job. There are very few thank yous. Yet, I am okay with all that today. This is the life Jesus has given me. I love being home with my kids, working on homework, doing laundry, cooking good meals, and somedays cleaning. God has blessed me in quarters and I get to spend them on my family! Thank you Jesus!
That is wonderful Roberta! Thank you for serving Christ and others in your home. You inspire me.
Beautiful! I can so relate. I never knew when I went to serve in Turkey that most of my time would be spent mopping floors, homeschooling, and cooking food. (And cooking food ended up being a key to our ministry outside our home, we had outsiders come IN! :-) Never knew that when the kids were high school age, I’d spend more time than ever home schooling. I guess I put in several quarters a day, at least. But I want it to be all for Him!
Very encouraging. Aftrr more than 40 years preaching and many years as church organist, life began to feel not very useful when I had to give up both. I guess this article puts me right.
Praying for you now Des. May the Lord comfort your heart…