I used to think of days when I got nothing important done a big waste of time. Days full of errands like laundry, grocery shopping, post office, drug store, and housecleaning felt like precious time spent on irritating necessities. That is, until I stumbled on this message from the prophet Zechariah: “Never despise the day of little things.”
The tone I heard in the prophet’s voice was akin to “Don’t you dare do that.” There’s no explanation given of why we shouldn’t, but after I stopped thinking of anything – including doing nothing – as a waste of time, I began to understand why.
Nothing is Unimportant
On any given day, what happens is far more important than what meets our eye. In retrospect, I now see how the most uneventful days of my life were brewing the most exciting opportunities, leading me to the conclusion that everything serves to further. What may look like a wasteful day may very well be the opening of opportunities for something miraculous to appear, making everything that happens – even if it feels like nothing – very important; never to be despised.
Watch Where Your Mind Wanders
On days of little things, I always watch where my mind wanders and I never argue with a hunch. I never do today what intuition suggests strongly I do tomorrow. I see everything and everyone who crosses my path as given to me for my own good, and whatever crosses my mind I follow. If I think of someone, I give them a call or write them a letter. If a book on the shelf catches my eye, that’s the call I hear to read. Watch where your mind wanders on days of little things. Divine surprises await you.
Be Thankful for What You Can’t See Yet
While the future holds promises of mysterious good and anything can happen overnight, I do believe when everything seems to be going wrong, in reality, it’s going right. There is divine order in what to us looks like chaos, and big opportunities and true success often slide in when least expected. Wait in the calm strength of patience and the time will fulfill itself, and don’t be fooled by how dark it is before dawn. Whatever you need to know will be revealed to you at the right time if you don’t despise the day of little things.
Until next week, think about this: The monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. -- Einstein
Karol Jackowski, Ph.D., became a nun in 1964. She's also been a college administrator, graduate of New York University, manager of a toy store, author of eight books, painter of religious folk art, and sister to everyone she meets. Please visit her website at KarolJackowski.com.