Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
An Ordinary Moment
1 Samuel 9:1-10
V:3-: “Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys.”
Sir Alexander Fleming was a Scottish physician, microbiologist, and research scientist who, while investigating the properties of a common bacteria, went away on vacation. Upon returning to his laboratory, he noticed that one of the dishes he had cultivated bacteria on was also contaminated with mold. On closer examination, the bacteria closest to the mold had been destroyed. Fleming would go on to suspect that the mold produced an antibacterial substance, which would later be known as penicillin.
How often do we wake up each day, anticipating it to be just like any other? Unconscious of the divine intervention subtly guiding us towards the unexpected, we continue our routines. In 1 Samuel chapter 9 we see Saul going about the mundane task of finding lost donkeys. This commonplace activity would soon transform into a pivotal moment, orchestrated by God's unseen hand. It is in this unfolding chain of events, as Saul sets out seeking his father’s donkeys, that leads to his anointing and, in turn, kingship.
We may not always be aware of the direction in which God is directing our lives. We often pray for God to guide us according to His will, perhaps waiting for a miraculous event like a road to Damascus experience. But as Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” We cannot forget that God has ordained even our smallest moments, which can be as monumental.
Heavenly Father, we thank you and are grateful for the unrelenting love you show us. Allow us to remember that Your hand continues to guide us and direct us in every step that we take. Amen
Thought for the Day
'I have chosen you!' Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you.'
— Oswald Chambers
Dr. Ryan Jacob
Long Island Mar Thoma Church, New York.