Work is a Blessing

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us, yes, establish the work of our hands.”      Psalm 90:17

Stumbling out of bed at 5:30 AM, I slowly made my way to the shower. Today I would help my brother harvest his grapes. The reward for six months of hard work was finally at hand.

The sun had just crested the horizon when I arrived at the Vineyard and the harvesters were already fast at work filling 5 gallon buckets. My brother would pick up the containers in the fields, drive them back to some large bins and empty them. My job was to pull out any leaves or debris from the bins and do some quality control on the grapes themselves. I was looking for any grapes that weren’t fully ripened, withered or contained mold; for these grapes would effect the final taste of the wine. My simple job is very important.

These beautiful gray-blue grapes, called Pinot Gris, would make a dry, semi sweet wine, that have a refreshing citrus flavor. So, I worked very hard, to make sure only the best grapes were sent to the winery. By the end of the day we were all filthy, sticky and exhausted, but excited about what had been accomplished.

Farming work can be very satisfying, especially at harvest time. It feels good to work together with others to produce a product that will be enjoyed by the community (always in moderation, of course!).

However, not every job we do feels so satisfying and purposeful. For example sometimes ministry work can take years, before you see any kind of a fruitful harvest, engineers and business people may feel so removed from the final product that their purpose becomes blurred. Long-term projects can be hard for us to maintain our focus and remember why we started it in the first place.

The people of God are blessed to have a Heavenly Father that cares about His children, that wants to guide them into work that is satisfying and purposeful. Let the Lord establish the work of your hands, then no matter what your job is, you’ll be thankful and content, for work is truly a blessing from the Lord.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the work you have given me to do. Thank you for encouraging me to persevere when I grow weary and giving me fellow workers for companionship and friendship. Help me continue to see your purpose in my work and to be diligent to do the work set before me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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