How's Your Day Going?

By Tercius

Did you start the morning with a long list of things to do, but found yourself waylaid by demanding children, pressing e-mails and all the other things that sometimes get in the way of our "to do" lists?

Life's like that sometimes. All the little stuff is just there, staring us in the face and sometimes annoying us because it's in the way of the seemingly BIG, IMPORTANT stuff.

Which made me think of a cool verse I read this week. I know I've read it before, but I haven't THOUGHT about it before.

A short, but poignant biographical verse about Deborah.

No, not Judge Deborah - the OTHER Deborah.

The verse says: Now Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died and was buried under the oak below Bethel. So it was named Allon Bacuth (Genesis 35:8).

Couple interesting things about this verse. Some of the other translations identify Deborah as the "old" nurse. In fact, it was most likely Deborah who traveled with Rebekah (and Abraham's servants) back to meet Isaac - her husband-to-be. She had remained with Rebekah and even after Rebekah's death had stayed in the family - now with Rebekah's son, Jacob. You get the picture here of a faithful lady whom the family treated with love and kindness. They kept her in the family even when she could no longer be of service.

Deborah was never a queen or judge or a prophetess - nor did she have money or power or fame.

Yet God chose to put this verse about her in the Bible, even mentioning her by name and by doing so, honoring her for her faithfulness in the little things.

She was buried under Allon Bacuth (translated the Oak of Weeping). Her "family" loved her for her faithfulness.

Sometimes we all need to keep life in perspective.

It's not so much WHAT we do, but HOW we do those tasks in front of us - whether it's rocking a baby, getting the oil changed, answering an e-mail or stopping to play with our four year old.

God honors faithfulness.