I took a break from blogging/posting on social media last week for a couple of reasons. First of all, France was on vacation so I thought I should join in on that and take a break. Even though writing these blogs doesn’t take too much time, it was nice to change my routine and take some time to rest. God is still teaching me to slow down and recharge every once in a while. 🙂 Secondly, I did not have any pictures to post!! The picture attached to this blog is the ONE I snapped during these two weeks on the way home from the Red Cross. I thought the fall leaves on our street were very pretty. Otherwise, I apparently didn’t think anything I had done was noteworthy or worth capturing for others to see. I had just been living my life.
Social media has always been tricky for me. I never used it regularly because I rarely felt like I had anything super exciting to post. I always just enjoyed sharing in others lives and seeing funny memes. 🙂 However, once I came to France it provided a wonderful way for me to keep in touch with my friends at home and show what my life looks like here. It has really been so much fun to write about what we are up to each week. On the other hand, that can lead to me feeling like I need to have something super awesome to post every single week. However, we all know that we all have days we simply spend hanging out with our family or getting things done around the house. Those days may seem mundane, but God has reminded me that they are special too.
I just started going through The One Year Through the Bible Devotional and I read one the other morning that really struck me. The title of the day’s reading was “Refined by the Grind” and it focused on Genesis 39:19-23:
“Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.”
The devotional talked about how Joseph had every reason to despair in this hopeless situation, but he “did his best with each small task given to him.” He took it day by day and faithfully served the Lord with whatever job he was given to do. Joseph’s days probably felt menial, repetitious, unimportant, and mundane. As cheesy as this sounds, he probably wouldn’t have had any awesome pictures to post in social media. I love that the passage repeats over and over again that “The Lord was with him.” It didn’t matter where he was or what he was doing. The fact that Joseph was faithfully serving the Lord and the Lord was with him is what made these prison days special.
I am not at all saying my situation is similar to being in prison, (Have I mentioned how much I love it here?! :)) but I was very encouraged by the idea of faithfully completing small tasks. Some days will be excitingly busy and others will be quietly mundane, but I pray all of them will be in the Lord’s presence. I have begun to understand Ecclesiastes 3:1 in context because I am in such a different season this year.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
I am learning that the things I do are important to God, but also the timing in which I do them. Some days he has called me to faithfully clean the house, and other days he has called me to faithfully spend time with my awesome friends. I am learning that he has a different timeline for me than he does for my neighbor. I think social media causes me to compare my timeline with everyone else’s, and that is not what I am called to do. I am called to trust the Lord completely, in each and every season, with each small or big task that he gives to me. As my dad says, “God has us all on our own growth plan.”
I had a hard time thinking of a title for this post. I thought about naming it something other than a song, but I just had to keep the trend going. Then, it hit me! “This is the Day that the Lord has Made” (also Psalm 118:24) is a song I used to sing with Max and Mom on the way to school. Even then, God was teaching me that no matter what he had in store for me that day, it was noteworthy because it was spent in the Lord’s presence. My prayer is that we may have the same attitude as Joseph, faithfully serving him throughout our “prison days” and our “second most powerful man in Egypt days.”
This is the day that the Lord has made
I will rejoice and be glad in it
This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made