Who would’ve thought a floor could inspire deep thinking? The floor in our living room is being laid, and it’s been a neat process to watch. But amidst all the ripping and tearing and moving, and all the incoming boards and pieces, there’s one part to the process that stands out.
The boards are drilled into place, leaving decent-sized holes in the wood. These holes then have to be filled – filled with pegs that get pounded in one at a time. Each peg is then sanded down to be level with the planks. Sounds like a tedious process, doesn’t it?
Look closer. The men working on the floor have gone the extra mile and matched up the pegs and planks; type for type, grain for grain. The same type of wood with the grain going the same way. It all matches.
I didn’t see this detail right away; it was brought to my attention by my dad. And chances are, not many people will ever appreciate the specifics of how the floor was laid. The matching wood types and grain directions will probably go unnoticed, yet they’re there. The men who laid the floor will know their hard work, and so will we.
Aren’t our lives similar to this concept? There are decisions we make that only we appreciate. There are things we say and do, things we don’t say and don’t do – why? Oftentimes because we want to do what’s right. So we work hard to be obedient to God, but what if no one ever sees our choices and hard work? Is it still worth it?
Can you still be obedient if no one sees it? What if the only one who ever takes note of your faithfulness is God? What if no one besides Him appreciates what you’ve done, and how much of a sacrifice you’ve made? Can you be okay with that? Will you still be obedient then, even if you want to be noticed and appreciated by humans too?
The key, the hope, is here:
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” -1 Corinthians 15:58 (emphasis added. It’s not in vain.)