In my calling as a church secretary, I often perform mundane tasks. It’s what I do. My gift, I feel, falls under the category of “helps.”
“And God has appointed these in the church: … gifts of healings, helps, administrations ….” 1 Corinthians 12:28
As I see it, I help by making the church run smoothly.Some tasks are not fun. In fact, many of them are boring. Today, I was struck by the fact that I can see the beauty of God even in the mundane.
I’m folding inserts for the bulletin. They are on lavender paper. I think, “I’m glad God made lavender. I’m thankful for color. How boring it would be if everything were just white.”
The paper feels good in my hands as I fold –it’s a good weight and folds easily. Cheap paper doesn’t fold well. How wonderful that God gave us the raw materials and the wisdom to create a quality paper!
On the inserts are graphics and print, communicating to the people. I think how communication is so important, and a gift to the recipient when done well.
I fold at a desk that has a couple small lamps casting pools of light on the desktop. I love light! I love how light enhances the beauty of the colors all around us. It illumines and brings out the best of an object.
I think of God being light and how He illuminates the gifts He puts in each one of us.
I am listening to piano music playing in the background (in between phone calls) and I love how just the way the artist touches the keys can evoke word pictures. I have heard rain falling gently, wind sweeping through trees, thought of a place I visited as a child and worshiped the King all through hearing keystrokes of song.
I look down and see my hands folding, folding one insert after another. I marvel at the dexterity that God gives me! I’m thankful I can do this – some can’t. I see my wedding rings on my hands as I fold and I thank God for the gift of my husband and family. These hands are not alone!
My task is now done and I can go on to the next thing, all the while practicing the presence of God.
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8
I'm sharing at Shanda's blog, A Pause on the Path.