“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. “ Hebrews 10:6
Over the weekend a random memory just sort of popped into my head. Does that ever happen to you? Happens to me all the time, because I have a “random” sort of brain. The kind that thinks of things to tell my husband out of the blue like, “Hey, you’re an engineer, can you figure out a way to steer a hot air balloon so I can get one?” Yup, pretty random (sorta like the last few sentences).
But, anyway, I was thinking of this time when I was probably 14 or 15. It was summer and it was HOT (for Michigan, anyway). My dad had told me I had to get the dishes done by noon or I would be grounded. That got my attention, because, well, I didn’t like being grounded.
My cousin was over and we were hanging out watching T.V. but I went to work on the dishes anyway. So, there I was with my hands in a sink full of hot water on a hot day in a house that had no air conditioning.
As I was standing there I started not to feel so well. I got very lightheaded and dizzy and I turned to my right and then everything went black. I woke up on the ground about 12 or so feet away at the end of the couch, where my cousin was still watching T.V., unaware of my overheated prone state.
I mean, one minute I was hard at work and the next *bam* out like a light and no one even noticed.
Now I easily look back on that moment and laugh. In fact, my cousin and I laughed about it almost right away. Keep in mind this was approximately 5oo years ago now, so my memory is not trusted to be super accurate on the exact wording, but it went something like this:
Me: I just passed out.
Her (Rising slightly from her comfy position on the couch): Huh?
Me: Yeah, I just woke up here on the floor at the end of the couch.
Her: What? Crazy? I didn’t hear a thing!
And that’s when we likely dissolved into laughter, because stuff is funny when you’re 14 (well and 40, but hey).
Back to this weekend, this memory popped into my head and I started to see a parallel between that situation and when we are working hard for the Lord, sometimes to the point where it is causing us pain. (Hello, spiritual attacks, anyone?).
To make matters worse, though we are doing our best, no one notices.
They don’t notice our work.
They don’t notice our struggles.
They don’t notice us.
The truth is, there are times when we are serving that we feel very much alone.
But, ya know what? We’re not.
We are never alone. We are never unnoticed. The work we do for the Lord is very much noticed by the only One Whose notice matters—our Heavenly Father!
If you are working and serving the Lord and you feel worn out and broken and in pain and maybe you came to the end of yourself a long time ago and you’re wondering how you can possibly continue, take some time to give it to Him and then go on knowing—really knowing—that He sees you and He knows your heart and how you are serving. And, He will give you what you need to keep on doing it.
So, if you’re feeling knocked down, washed out, passed out on the floor, wake up, get up and put one foot in front of the other in His strength and for His glory. I promise, He will do amazing things with the work you do for Him.
Oh, and one more thing, maybe don’t soak your hands in steaming hot water in the middle of a heat wave (oh boy, I am full of great advice today!).
Our precious Heavenly Father, it is so hard to serve sometimes. I feel weighted down and burdened when the days are long and no one seems to notice the work I am doing. Sometimes, I feel so discouraged, I am ready to give up all together. But, Lord, help me to remember I am serving You, not serving to get appreciation from people. I want to serve You with my whole heart. Thank You for giving me what I need to do just that. You are amazing! Amen
Here are some additional scriptures to check out for additional encouragement: Romans 2:6, Galatians 6:9, Colossians 3:23-24, Philippians 4:13, 2 Thessalonians 1:11 and 2 Thessalonians 3:13
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