I woke up this morning kind of ‘down in the dumps.’ A health issue has cropped up in my life and has rerouted my job-path for now. Not sure exactly where God is leading me, but really I just need to devote my time to knowing my Leader better, God that is. He is watching over my life and knows what is going on, even when I don’t. I was hoping for some peace and quiet on this long awaited Spring morning. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping outside, and then “Reooowww, Reow, Ruuummm!” Yup, you guessed it, the sound of chain-saws burst forth from the driveway down the Road. At first I was annoyed, then a bit jealous, wishing that I had lined them up to trim some of my over-hanging branches. But then I went out on the Porch stoop, cup of morning coffee in hand, and just watched. I observed several workers. One was on the ground, pulling the smaller branches out of the way as they were cut from above. One was precariously hovering over the large tree in a ‘Cherry-picker,” cutting branches from above, first the smaller ones, then the larger limbs. And one man was obviously the Leader. He was the Supervisor for sure, because he was orchestrating everything going on, both on the ground and up above. He was making sure the worker below was safe from the falling branches, and that the worker in the tree was safe in his perch. It was quite amazing to observe, really. They worked so well as a team.
12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. (1 Corinthians 12)
What if the man in the tree had neglected to watch out for his worker below? What if the worker below refused to move the branches and put them in the wood-chipper? What if the foreman had gone away to get coffee, leaving the crew in an unsupervised situation? They all had their places, did their tasks, watched out for one another. None was more important than the other. Even when we are working alone in the Body of Christ, doing something no one else sees, God sees, and it is super important. We watch out for, and care for our fellow-workers. All the jobs are equally important. All are very necessary. Some may be more up-front, or visible, but all are important to God. Let us value, protect and encourage one another. We are members of one another. God sees, and He loves us each the same. There is a precious wonder in watching God accomplish His Will through people who work together, with all their different gifts interlocking into a Beautiful Creation. Rejoice, O child of God, Rejoice O Members of His Body, and delight in where He has placed you. We need you, I need You. The World needs to see us work together in joy, as fellow workers in Christ.