Wake up, get dressed, go to work or school, come home, go to sleep, do it all over again. The daily grind. I found myself wondering as I reflect on my daily grind, where’s the daily grind in Scripture?
Life’s not a movie
You’ve watched those biographical movies before where every scene is a pivotal moment in that person’s life. What we all know that they don’t show us is the long days of struggle between those pivotal moments. It’s in that context I ask this question. Were there daily grinds in scripture? I would guess so. The daily grind of Noah building that ark, the daily grind of Moses guiding the Israelites through the wilderness, and maybe even some daily grind days when the apostles were following Jesus.
I don’t doubt perhaps those moments are vaguely implied to be there, but when you read through scripture a lot of times it plays out like a movie. Something is usually going down in most of the chapters. A war is happening, the Red Sea is being parted, an angel suddenly appears, etc. A lot of it is action action action. But I wonder more about those moments of inactivity.
The wait in scripture
How did Jacob’s love for Rachel make those 7 years he was working for her father feel like only a few days? Were there days where it felt like a grind and he was frustrated waiting so long to marry her? Wondering if he ever would? How did he handle that? Or what about Jesus. Most of the action in his life didn’t really happen until the last few years, as far as the details we’re given. He being human like us, I wonder how he handled any long periods of no milestone activity in his life before the pivotal moments that would come?
Off the top of my head Job comes to mind as somewhat of a parallel to what I’m discussing. We do get details of some of his frustrations expressed enduring his suffering. It’s a long story before we see that pivotal moment of God addressing his frustration and then restoring his fortunes in the end. Though it seems implied that he didn’t handle the inactivity in the best way.
So what’s the answer to living this daily grind? Well, perhaps it’s that we handle the inactivity the way Peter did when he was jailed in Acts. Praise God through the struggle. Maybe we just follow the teachings of Paul in Philippians and just keep making our requests in the midst of the anxiety, receiving that peace of God guarding us. I guess scripture shows us through most of these characters if we just keep doing whatever we’re suppose to be doing, something eventually happens. Something that we can be really joyful about. Though of course no matter what, we can always find a reason to be thankful for wherever life currently finds us at.
Peace to all those who are in Christ.