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Grieving our Losses 7- Sunday Selah, An Encouragement for the Day

Grieving Our Losses
Day 7- Sunday Selah, An Encouragement for the Day
Aiselyn Mason

Sim·plic·i·ty (noun) – something that is ordinary, easy to understand, uncomplicated

In the quiet of the morning, coffee brewing and Bible in hand, I come before the Lord to spend time with Him. This early morning time is new in my routine, and I rejoice in the habit I am working to create. As of late I have been dwelling on the simplicity that truly makes up our lives—the still, quiet moments when God speaks to us. A particular moment from several years ago comes to mind. I was having my quiet time outside, and the patio was surrounded by plants, potted ones as well as in the garden just a few feet away. In the quiet of the morning I heard a buzzing, and at first I was terrified because I thought it was a wasp. However, it was just a fuzzy little bumblebee going from flower to flower, pollinating them. I was struck by this little bee and how it faithfully went to each flower, doing the job God created it for. That moment is cemented in my brain as a very happy memory from a less-than-perfect season of my life.

This small but important creature was working hard, continuously, consistently, and efficiently, never seeming to be distracted from its God-ordained job. While the bumblebee is a tiny creature, God created it with a very important role to play in nature. Without the bumblebee the flora and fauna that we all love would cease to exist. Watching this creature work brought the simplicity of life to the forefront of my mind. While we are not promised easy lives, we are promised a faithful Father, Helper, and Savior. The bumblebee does not look at the flowers and complain that there are far too many to be pollinated and it can’t do it all. This creature does not drop its work at the feet of the grand Designer of this world and admit defeat; it continuously works at the job it was created for.

The beauty of nature is that it calls our hearts to God. Romans 1:20 states, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” The bumblebee points us directly to God; it is a reminder to work faithfully in the role God has given us. As mothers, daughters, sisters, husbands, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and whatever else your title may be, we have a call to work faithfully for Him without complaint, and to dwell in the richness of His glory. Colossians 3:23-24 tells us, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” This is our calling—to work heartily for the Lord. Paul’s letter to the Colossians makes perfectly clear the simple purpose behind our service.

Over 80 times in the Bible we read “Fear not,” yet speaking for myself, there are many things I fear. I think the beauty of the Christian life is found in its simplicity, which revolves entirely around God and having our full trust in Him. We can rejoice in the peace a life with Him brings us. True joy, true peace, true simplicity all come from the Father of Lights (John 14:27; James 1:17). “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

I remember watching that bumblebee intently for close to five minutes, utterly captivated by it. The most amazing part was that it was doing what God created it for in a complete way. There are people in my life with whom I am similarly captivated, as I watch them living their life with confidence, grace, and trust in the God who saved them. We are given choices in life, and although the Bible doesn’t tell us which choices to make, it is full of principles and guidelines to help us on our way. Rather than getting lost in the meaningless things that are part of everyday life, remember that you were created for a purpose. Glorify God in all that you do, put others first, and follow the path God has laid before you. Be like the bumblebee—work faithfully, never complaining or faltering, continuing steadfastly on for God.

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