Being local and finite brings new meaning to the phrase, “Grab some wood.” While literally doing so, I realize that I am where I am. Upon grabbing a piece of furniture, pushing a door open or holding someone’s hand you realize that there is nowhere you can be in that moment other than where you are. Even though we may own a smartphone, we are not God. We are not omnipresent and we should not disconnect ourselves from immediate responsibilities. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matt 6:34). Don’t say that later will be better, do your best to make today better.
Jesus did this. During what some call his 30 years of obscurity, Jesus embraced the work of the common man and what some would consider the occasional monotonous days of mastering a craft. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people (Hebrews 2:17). He made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself (Philippians 2:7-8). This message is a common mantra of Paul and other NT writers and is easily lost in the fast paced lives we live. It is also reflected in jesus’ years of so called obscurity, when he probably did a lot of wood grabbing.
Lessons like these can be applied to our own lives even when It feels as if everything is going according to plan. “Imagination disconnected from place leaks a fruitless urgency into our habits” (Zack Eswine). Therefore, don’t let ambition get in the way of doing what you can in the moment. We can all make a ministry at the point and in the time that we are. In coming to South Africa I am learning that small works some might consider obscure can turn extraordinary, as I continue searching for what mission I feel God is calling me towards.