“Even When I’m Not Here, I’m Working”

By Michelle Koh, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. This is a follow-up to a post we reprinted earlier this year.

A few months ago, I wrote about how a lounge spot cleaner’s work made me reflect on how we sometimes measure the success of our work by visible outcomes

This same cleaner came back again (yes, I seem to have a knack for spilling things on my couch!) and as he explained more of his work craft and how the chemicals he had applied to the couch would take time to do their work. 

He left with these words, “even when I’m not here, I’m working.” Meant to be reassuring and to be applied to his work as a spot cleaner, it made me think of our Heavenly Father, the first worker. 

In John 5:17, Jesus says that his Father is always at work, to this very day, and he too is working. 

There’s so much that we can’t see and the reassuring thing is that we have a God keeps his promises, is steadfast in his love, gracious and merciful and always wants the best for us.   

Even when it feels like God isn’t here, even when we can’t sense his presence, be assured that he is always beside us.  

Psalms 23:4 (TPT)
    Even when your path takes me through
    the valley of deepest darkness,
    fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
    Your authority is my strength and my peace.
    The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
    I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

As I write this, I’ve just received news of a further extension of a COVID lockdown in Sydney, Australia. Living by myself, the lockdown this time has made me realize how much I need real human contact.       

Wherever you find yourself in today – whichever part of the world you are reading this from, may you cling to the promise that our merciful and loving Father is always by our side. Today, whether you are facing a tough day at work, be it with the pressures of deadlines, or the stresses of home schooling your children, or dealing with a tough work colleague, may you sense God’s presence. May you know that God is working for you, always wanting the best for you, in whatever situation you find yourself in today. 

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