The Importance of the Mundane
“Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son…for he will be great in the sight of the Lord…and he will go on before…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” Luke 1:13-17. “You will be with child and give birth…He will be called the Son of the Most High…his kingdom will never end” Luke 1:31-33
I take great comfort in the truth that God orchestrates every detail of our lives, and we all have a perfectly timed purpose in this big world. God bound these sweet women together forever through two births…two hearts…one purpose. Their joined lives created the ministry for which all people would be reconciled back to God. Their part was to be faithful in the day to day protecting the lives of those boys who would be called to lead the way. This great plan of God wasn't realized in a one-time event, but played out in the everyday play of two little boys.
Think of the number of people God had to prepare in advance to complete His mission. He had to place a spirit of courage in their call in the hearts of the women. He had to place a sense of provision in the hearts of the fathers. He had to place a sense of His calling in the hearts of the boys. He had to place a desire to repent in the hearts of all of His people who would come to the waters. It took 30 years for all of this to fall into place…God working…the women living out the mundane of everyday life…the boys playing in the dirt and running through the streets…the people who were longing for something more than the sin for which they had found themselves. All of these details had to reach a common crescendo, a perfected orchestrated time in history to complete this ministry.
There is nothing sweeter than serving alongside another in a ministry. I have been fortunate to have been placed by God in the path of a wonderful woman who has given everything for her calling. It is through this ministry that God has called both of us, but at very different times. Just as Elizabeth and Mary were bound by God’s calling we have also been bound by ministry. She has walked out her calling in the day to day, and I am walking out mine. God is working in both the details and the hearts of those we will meet along the way. Just as Elizabeth and Mary could not see beyond their tomorrow, we also are bound to our sights on today. But, that is faith…knowing you are where you are supposed to be and trusting God for your tomorrows.
If you find yourself in a season where you really don’t see where your feet are taking you, be encouraged that plans are being made and hearts are being aligned with God’s plan for you. As you sit idle He is working. As you are sleeping He is designing. As you are wondering He is all-knowing. Ministries and callings are being created right under our noses, but thankfully God only shows us what we can handle.
Think about it. One of the most critical and significant works of God was played out in the mundane day to day lives of two little cousins.