The message from “God Calling” today speaks about the fulfillment of divine intent, even in the smallest of tasks. That’s one that took me by surprise, but when I learned it, it changed my life.
Seeking and seeing the fulfillment of divine intent in the smallest tasks results in an overflow of joy and peace in our lives, in our very beings. We don’t think about tasks such as doing dishes, folding laundry, housekeeping chores when we think about divine intent. When we prepare a meal, we don’t recognize the divine intent that lies in the preparation, or in the meal. I’m using these as an example because they were the ones that I hated before I learned this. But, the Bible tells us to do everything as unto the Lord, and to bring glory to Him in everything we do. In every task assigned us, every chore, every encounter, in everything we can find God’s divine intent for us; and ultimately the joy that it brings.
God is a God of cleanliness and order, of peace and love and joy. The divine intent in all our living, or being, and our doing is to have these very things-peace, order, love, joy; all the fruits of the spirit. Cleanliness and order result in serenity within and without. When we prepare a meal, especially for loved ones and friends, we can experience the joy of creativity. Sharing that meal brings fellowship and intimacy; strengthens bonds, and creates memories that last lifetimes. I remember sharing stories of meaningful family gatherings with my children, so they are the second and even third and fourth generation to share somewhat in those experiences, although indirectly.
I remember a couple of very brief encounters in my lifetime that left very deep and lasting impressions on me. I didn’t even get a name, but the kindness of one stranger who walked me home one evening when I was a frightened little girl is still with me today. The Bible tells us to be hospitable to strangers because some have entertained angels unaware. My grandmother used to always cook enough to share with an unexpected guest because “You don’t know that Jesus might not show up at the door for supper”, as she would say. Even an interruption can carry diving intent. I know of someone whose life was saved by the telephone ringing. Had the person not answered the phone which interrupted her plan to head out to lunch, she would have been on the road and possibly involved in the accident that happened on the way she’d have been taking.
Sometimes I still grumble over interruptions, but I’ve gotten better at catching myself. I am always amazed and definitely overflowed with joy when I remember that divine intent lesson. It is one that I’m sorry I didn’t learn sooner.
This message is perfect for today-I’m posting it a day early because I have a couple of those “tasks” to do.