Meaningless. Sometimes that’s how my days feel. I get up, pour a cup of coffee and have my Bible time. Next, I work out, shower and have breakfast. After that homeschool starts up followed by laundry, meal prep, and other household chores. Then the afternoon running begins as kids are transported to their various activities. When we arrive back home, I finish cooking supper, we eat and some nighttime chores are done. Finally, we have family time before we all head off to bed. Mundane. There’s not even an exciting way to write about it! Frankly, it has left me feeling a little like… Bezalel.
Surely, you’ve heard of him. He’s mentioned nine times in the Bible. Except I seemed to have skipped right over him until now. You see Bezalel was a pretty handy guy. He was a skilled carpenter, a weaver of fine linen and yarns, and an embroiderer. He could mount gemstones, carve wood, and craft gold, silver, and bronze works of art. On top of that, he was an excellent teacher in all of these areas. He was the original Martha Stewart, minus the cooking skills and blond hair (Although, I don’t think Martha ever weaved curtains from goat hair). Bezalel was the head contractor of the tent of meeting and its sacrifice furniture. He spearheaded the preparation for the priest’s garments and organized the oil and incense used in services.[i] In other words, he was the key player in building the tabernacle. You can read about him here: read Exodus 35:30-39:43
I believe the reason I have skimmed over Bezalel until now is due to the fact that his story is a bit like many of our lives – at first glance they appear to be rather ordinary.
Often times we can feel like we are living life in the shadows. In fact, my heart skipped a beat when I came across the Hebrew meaning of Bezalel, for the first three words “in the shadow” jumped off the screen at me and confirmed my own feelings of emptiness. Yet his name was not Bezal, but Bezalel meaning “in the shadow (protection) of God and if we, like Bezalel, are cast in God’s shadow our lives are far from insignificant and ordinary. Look at the words spoken by the Lord in Exodus 31:1-5 (NIV):
Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.
Bezalel was commissioned by the Lord for tasks which may not, at first appearance, seem all that grand compared to other heroes in the Bible.
Yet, God endowed him with the specific skills he needed to complete the task and the end result was a place of worship that we are still reading and teaching about a few thousand years later! In much the same way, when God puts a calling on our lives He provides us with the abilities we need to complete the tasks He puts before us. So maybe for some of us our assignment right now isn’t flashy and showy in the ways of the world, but be assured that if God has given us a job to do we are in the midst of something great.
So how do we keep our days from feeling blah? Find something that gives you purpose, something you can call your own. Don’t look at it as selfishness, it’s self-preservation. For myself and the season of motherhood I am in, it sometimes means typing out a couple of meaningful sentences before moving on to another task that demands my attention.
So, if you too are experiencing a season of doldrums, spend some time in prayer today and seek what will give you fulfillment and purpose.
Until next time.
“Lord, when I feel that what I’m doing is insignificant and unimportant, help me to remember that everything I do is significant and important in your eyes, because you love me and you put me here, and no one else can do what I am doing in exactly the way I do it.”
― Brennan Manning, Souvenirs of Solitude: Finding Rest in Abba’s Embrace
Jastrow, Morris, Jr., Charles Foster Kent, and Louis Ginzberg. Jewish Encyclopedia. n.d. www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/3239-bezalel (accessed 7 9, 2017).
[i] (Jastrow, Kent and Ginzberg n.d.)