The first thirty years of My life down on earth may have seemed
insignificant to some people.
Many of your years seem unimportant and without relevance.
Yet, when you do as I ask, your work has eternal value.

Jesus often withdrew from the crowds to find a place to pray. We were told this was one of the “lonely” places where He prayed. While we were there we had a sandwich on the rocks bordering the Sea of Galilee. In my mind, I tried to picture Christ walking there and finding a place to pray to his Father in heaven. I did feel his presence!

There are many times in our lives where it seems we toil at our jobs not really seeing much accomplished of eternal value. I don’t think Jesus felt that way as he worked as a carpenter in his earthly father’s shop. He was willing to wait until God, his heavenly Father would show Him when He was to start speaking, healing and doing miracles. He talked daily to his Father, similarly to us praying for wisdom and obedience in our lives. There is a time and place for everything in our lives. We want to take the time and listen!


About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called
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2 Responses to Insignificance

  1. Bob Hunter says:

    “There is a time and place for everything in our lives. We want to take the time and listen!”

    Good advice! The writer of Ecclesiastes followed his well-known “There is a Time for Everything” poem with a similar thought: “9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” (eccl. 3:9-13, ESV)


  2. Mercy Lord says:

    Thank You LORD for Your voice and for Your Word. How good it is? Listening to the Lord sure helps us to love Him more. And taking heed of His WORD gives us wisdom to live right and do God’s will. O Love of God fill us to overflow to all.


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