In the world but not of it

February 8, 2010

Spinning our wheels…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the LORD’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.” Isaiah 49:4

Are you weary right now? Are you sick and tired about being sick and tired? Sometimes when we stop to take a breath from life and reflect we get discouraged about our jobs, our relationships, our situation.

The world calls this “the grind” – it is the term that is meant to say that life can be abrasive. Even when we are certain God has called us to a particular place it can become wearisome and tedious. We can find ourselves looking back over the time spent and the effort put forth and feel like we’ve made no progress.

In the recent film Kung Fu Panda the star of the movie, being a large overweight panda – as pandas are, finds himself staring at a set of stairs that go all the way up to the top of the mountain. He gasps at the thought of having to climb them but nevertheless he starts. The next scene shows him nearly passed out on the stairs trying to breathe. As the camera pans away you see that he is only on the fourth step.

Although this is a very funny scene it instantly reminded me that this is how many of us feel at times. It seems that we can’t make progress and move ahead in our situations. Another great phrase we hear regarding this mindset is “spinning our wheels”. Isn’t it interesting how many one-liners we have in life to describe this perspective?

Jesus was a man of many sorrows. Rejected by his disciples and betrayed by one. Mocked by those around Him. Physically beaten for doing nothing wrong.

Do you think that He may have seen His work as weary at times? Ultimately we know from Scripture that in Jesus’ life as in the life of so many people in the Bible, those that seemed to be “spinning their wheels” did receive their reward from their Father.

We see where the reward of trust comes from in the same passage. God is our reward and He sees where we are. If what you are doing is for the Lord then your work is not useless, it is not in vain.

We place so many expectations on ourselves and upon God especially as it relates to our work whatever that may be. Let’s be certain we have committed our way to Him and then we can be certain that our reward will come from Him.


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