It’s easy to grow wearisome of the mundane. Doing tomorrow what I’m doing today which is what I did yesterday. Brings to mind rats racing and hamsters wheeling. Doesn’t God want me to do more for him than the “same old same old”?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Catholic priest and author Henri Nouwen observes,
“The largest part of Jesus’ life was hidden. Jesus lived with his parents in Nazareth, ‘under their authority’ (Luke 2:51), and there ‘increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and with people’ (Luke 2:52). When we think about Jesus we mostly think about his words and miracles, his passion, death, and resurrection, but we should never forget that before all of that Jesus lived a simple, hidden life in a small town, far away from all the great people, great cities, and great events. Jesus’ hidden life is very important for our own spiritual journeys. If we want to follow Jesus by words and deeds in the service of his Kingdom, we must first of all strive to follow Jesus in his simple, unspectacular, and very ordinary hidden life.”1
In an August 17, 1956 letter to a Mrs. Van Deusen C. S. Lewis strikes a similar tone though much more succinctly and humorously:
“It would be a pity if when He came He found me thinking about my vocation at a moment when I would have been better employed writing a letter, making a bed, entertaining a bore—or something quite dull and obvious.”2
I thought for a moment I could be better employed than writing this blog. What was I thinking?
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
1. Henri J. Nouwen, Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006), devotion for August 12.
2. Walter Hooper, ed., The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963, Vol. III (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2007), 781.