Teach me, my God and King,
in all things thee to see,
and what I do in anything
to do it as for thee.
A man that looks on glass,
on it may stay his eye;
or if he pleaseth, through it pass,
and then the heaven espy.
All may of thee partake;
nothing can be so mean,
which with this tincture, “for thy sake,”
will not grow bright and clean.
A servant with this clause
makes drudgery divine:
who sweeps a room, as for thy laws,
makes that and the action fine.
This is the famous stone
that turneth all to gold;
for that which God doth touch and own
cannot for less be told.
George Herbert wrote these words in 1633, and we used to sing this hymn regularly. The words often go around in my head, especially when I’m doing something dull in the kitchen,such as cutting sandwiches for the lunchboxes, knowing full-well that they will probably come home again. (I’ll tell you tomorrow how to recycle them!)
“For Thy sake” has been a little kitchen prayer for me, helping me see that God is in the little things,too
And do you know what? I have discovered that when I step out and willingly go where God is calling me, the task is always made easier. God is faithful to support us. An example of that happened in the hospital car park this evening, when I had been grateful to get a park at all, but I really do not like being under a big building. When I came back to my car, the one in front had gone, so instead of reversing out between the potentially paint-scraping pillars, I could go straight forward! God made the task easier. He knew that my day needed a little kindness at the end.
Why was I at the hospital? My husband has had heart problems today, so if you would please pray for him to make a swift and complete recovery, we would be grateful!