By: Donna Bucher
out the window feeling uninspired, it occurred to me, sometimes life can feel
sluggish; like plodding along in a tedious way day after day. Though we may
indeed have a full schedule or calendar of events, a touch of monotony creeps
in and we feel "stuck".
I felt on more than one occasion like crying out to God; "stuck", in
the hope He would extricate me from difficult, unending circumstances. I
realize God leads through difficult valleys for many reasons and all His reasons
work together to conform me to the image of Christ.
can also feel "stuck" on a plodding path when God is preparing us for
a work and our impatience feeds our discontent with the "now" in our
desire to get to the future.
the reason, if you feel like you're "stuck" today, plodding along a
difficult path for more days, weeks, or even years than you ever thought
possible, I want to give you some encouragement!
matter how tedious or purposeless your path seems, God is in every detail, and
walks that very path with you.
Purpose in the Plodding
Though life's mundane tasks and paths can seem
purposeless, from God's point of view, they are a treasure house of purpose. The
Bible holds stories of those who plodded along in relative obscurity day after
day before stepping into God's full purpose for them.
Consider Moses who spent 40 years in the desert
before leading the people of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, after pending time
in Pharoah’s courts.
Moses needed the education he received in Pharoah's
house to write the Pentateuch, his military and leadership training learned
there was indispensable in the exodus. Not to mention the skills he learned as
a shepherd, which surely schooled him in patience and prepared him to lead
Perspective in the Plodding
God does not delight in our pain, nor does He
deliberately leave us toiling in vain. At the same time, God is never in a
hurry; God's purposes are "the long game".
God took over 40 years preparing Moses for His
purposes. For Moses it may have seemed an eternity of mundane existence, but
plodding along one step at a time, Moses learned:
Dependence on God, not
He grew in his knowledge of God and how God viewed
patience and obedience while becoming wiser, more compassionate and loving.
The slow plodding? It was a transformation, not a
hopeless waste of time.
If we focus on what we expect from our efforts as the
only goal at the end of the tedious path, it feels purposeless.
If, however, our vision and goal is simply walking
with God on the plodding path, it becomes life giving. We are not driven by the
outcome of what we want because the goal is walking with God, not getting to
Ponder in the Plodding
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