Jesus Ate a Sandwich

Hello everyone! Today’s post is on seasons in a persons life, and how each moment has a purpose. I’ll be honest with you and tell you that I feel my life is very boring right now.  But it was either write this post or have a pity party. I decided to write this post. The scripture verse I would like to share with you is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
      a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.”

In case you haven’t caught it, there is a time for everything in life. Even a time to be bored. I know there are far worst things in the world than having nothing to do, and I’m trying to keep that in mind, but that is not what this post is about. This post is about keeping a positive attitude and remembering to do everything as if you were serving God, even when you’re discouraged, worn out, and lonely. Because as much as I hate to admit it, there is even a stage for cabin fever.  Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 says,

“What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

Even in the monotonousness of everyday life God has purpose for it, and he plans to make your life beautiful in his time. I don’t know why we go through times when we feel glum and dispirited, but I do know that there is a reason. Perhaps it is the calm before the storm, and six months from now I’ll look back and think of this period in my life as the good ol’ days. Maybe it is simply to teach me to work hard without complaining.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” ~Romans 8:28.

If you think about it, a lot of biblical characters went through times in their life that would be considered uninteresting. David was a shepherd for years. I’m sure that was a really exciting job! He was alone most of the time, and even though he occasionally had to deal with a wild animal, I’m sure on the whole it was extremely dull. But God used that time in his life to prepare him for later, when he would flee from Saul and when he would become king.

Then their was Esther, who was an just a normal girl. She probably lived an ordinary life, and had chores she needed to do before she became queen. Yet no one can say that her life was boring.

Finally, there’s Jesus. Have you ever thought about the fact that not a single one of the gospels mentions Jesus’s life between the ages of twelve and thirty? Perhaps it was because nothing extraordinary happened during those years. I can just imagine what an interesting chapter of the Bible those “lost years” of Jesus would make. “Then Jesus took a break from wood carving and ate a sandwich. It was peanut butter and grape jelly. Yep.” We’re not told about the years in between Jesus’s childhood and ministry because he lived an ordinary life. He spent most of that time as a carpenter.

Does that mean those years were wasted? Of course not! Those years had a purpose, just like every other season of life.  Am I saying that God uses boring times in our lives to prepare us to become royalty? No, although all of my examples either were or became royalty. My point is this: even though you may feel as though your life is purposeless and depressing, God has a plan and a purpose for it. It may not feel like it, and you probably don’t understand it, but it’s true. Whether you have nothing to do or you feel like your life is spinning out of control, always remember to live each day as if you are serving the King.

~Ally

P.S.

I will try to post the next part in the Meek Person’s Guide to World Domination soon.

 

 

 

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