Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My friend, may I ask you a question today? Is waiting for God making you go to sleep? Is a level of effort required? How willing are you to embrace the ability to do nothing until a holy command is given?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
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I’m a do-it-yourself guy. If it needs fixing, I can do that. If it needs building, I will do that as well. I’ve never been hesitant to attack a carpentry, masonry, plumbing, roofing, electrical or landscaping job with a set of decent tools and an appreciable amount of know-how accumulated over many years of countless home improvement projects. I’m fairly confident that there are few if any jobs I haven’t tackled. I’ve roofed a house during a snowstorm, dry-walled a ceiling alone, driven Skid Steers, graders, and backhoes, and taken just about any challenge a house and property could manage to throw my way. That is until recently. As arthritis advances in my joints I’m not able to bend well anymore. My fingers aren’t that nimble, so my grip on tools isn’t what it used to be. Laying on my back under a sink is a no-no. Climbing on roofs has been forbidden. The list gets longer as the years go by. Recently our electric service had to be repaired. It was an all-day job with the power cut off to the house for 24 hours. I didn’t even think of doing it myself. I asked my Son-in-law Andy to do the work and I became nothing more than an observer for the day; a gofer to drive to the hardware store and get parts. Thus relegated, my role became one of waiting on Andy, observing what he was doing, but not doing the work myself.
While relying on someone else to do my work is something a bit foreign to me, I went into the work with a mindset that it was my role to wait but still watch, not get in the way, be there to help, not to be the principle repairman, and be happy filling a supporting role as a helper.
G. Campbell Morgan writes. “Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given.” G. Campbell Morgan.
The gospel writer Matthew writes. “After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee” (Matthew 11:1). These were his disciples’ towns; they were Galileans. He sought out their synagogues and homes in which to preach and teach, and his disciples became observers, gofers, an auxiliary band of witnesses taking in the experience of how the gospel was to be preached and how it effectively worked on the hearts and minds of those hearing it. For them it was an Andy and Mark experience. Jesus’s disciples were given a prime opportunity to learn, discover and assist in the ministry of their Lord, Jesus Christ. For some it may have been more difficult than for others not to actively participate beyond observer and student, but going to sleep was not an option. As I stood near Andy the entire day as he pulled wrestleed with wires, I am sure Jesus’s disciples were near their teacher just waiting to be tasked in any small way. Sitting with folded hands was not their lot nor mine the day the power went down. This is often our role as Christians; to wait and watch, yet be ready for action when the Savior calls. We’re support, he’s the Master Craftsman. Being a gofer can be a rewarding job. It’s just a matter of our Christian perspective.
We pray. Thank you Lord for giving us your Holy Spirit to do the hard work that we aren’t capable of doing on our own. We often have the will to charge out and win souls for Christ; yet, you tell us to wait on the Spirit to be our guide, our hands, and our feet. Forgive us when we venture out when we should wait, and doodle where we should be content as gofers. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34)
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