“But my work doesn’t really have a purpose. Nobody really sees or appreciates it.” The painful piercing of insignificance hidden in the woman’s eyes brimmed over during a Bible study on The Purpose-Driven Life.
What kind of work did she do? Washing hospital sheets day after day. A behind-the-scenes job that many people don’t appreciate. She felt so insignificant in making a difference for anyone in this life. But truly, because of her, sick and weary souls could rest on crisp, clean sheets.
She taught me to look beyond the privileges we have each day to who is behind it. The next time I was in the hospital, I hugged those sheets around me and thanked God for people like her who slave away trying to make a hospital stay more comfortable.
Many of us may have thankless jobs, whether it’s as a cleaning woman, a mother or a chimney sweep. But it’s not about what we do or what other people see us do. It’s about God and what He wants us to do wherever He has planted us in life – to bloom to His glory.
In The Invisible Woman: When Only God Sees – A Special Story for Mothers, Nicole Johnson recounts a story of a rich man who came to visit a magnificent cathedral while it was being built. When he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam, he was puzzled. “Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.” The workman replied, “Because God sees.”
Perhaps you think, “But still I feel like I’m so insignificant. I feel like what I do makes no real difference in this world.” Take heart in the truth. It doesn’t matter whether or not people realize or appreciate what you do or have done for them. You are an important cog in the gears of life. God sees and knows. Wherever you are planted, He just wants you to bloom to His glory. God sees you carving your tiny bird hidden away from human eyes in the magnificent cathedral of life. And to Him, your bird is unique, exquisite, and absolutely necessary!