Finding God in the Middle of My Everyday

I Smile…

At yet another Great Reversal.

This time it is about the story of the workers. An estate manager went out early in the morning and hired workers. He returned to the town square several times during the day and hired more workers, the last ones being hired to work his fields around 5 o’clock. Those hired at the end of the day’s shift were paid the same amount as those who worked all day.

The workers who had put in a full day’s work were enraged. These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun. (Mt.20:12)

But the manager replied with this: Can’t I do what I want with my own money? Are you going to get stingy because I am generous? (Mt.20:15)

I smile.

At yet another Great Reversal.

As I read between the lines, I see a kingdom principle emerging in which the first shall be last and the last shall be first.

Jesus knows best. He rules and reigns over His Kingdom. And these stories are hints of how He works, of how He loves.

Jesus loves much. Jesus values much. So because of that, He is adamant about going after the one lost sheep, the children, the outcasts, the poor, the first, the last, the least, the lost.

He values the worker who has spent his whole life serving the master just as much as He values the worker who comes in at the last hour.

I smile.

At this first, last, least, lost principle.

As I was growing up, I saw that my grandparents weren’t going to church and would seem to only use Jesus’ name when using it in vain.

So my prayer for them became “ Lord, don’t take them until they are Yours.”

My grandpa was one of those ‘workers that came in at the last hour’. About 3 months before going home.  After spending 86 years on earth not serving the Lord, He finally surrendered his life to the one who always loved him, to Jesus. He came to work in the fields at the 5 o’clock hour.

Did he make it in? To heaven? Last minute?

According to Biblical stories on the Kingdom, it’s a big yes! Of course he did!

I smile.

At this late- in- life homecoming.

Am I enraged that he got the same pay that I will get someday?

I who have tried as best I know how to serve Christ all of my life?

He who slipped in at the last minute?

Of course not.

If anything, I am saddened by the fact that he spent most of his life here feeling that God wouldn’t want him, didn’t love him, couldn’t love him. He didn’t feel valued by God…until that day some 86 years into his earthly journey when truth prevailed.

I smile.

At my grandpa.

At God.

 

 

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Comments on: "I Smile…" (2)

  1. Smiling with you! God’s scandalous mercy wins out again!

  2. Very wonderful example of the impact of this story.

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