After a long night responding to various tooth aches, potty breaks and hungry tummies, I rolled my sorry self out of bed at 5:30 AM, a full 2 hours later than I normally do. I have been sick the last two weeks, my bedtime has moved forward accordingly. As I stumble into the hall, I look up and notice my 4 year old son has turned his light on in his bedroom. I then hear him playing in the living room, down the hall.
As I struggle with how I am going to get him back to bed and still finish my cleaning for the morning before people arrive in their offices at eight, he comes up to me and simply states, then asks:
“I can’t go to sleep. Can I go to work with you dad?”
Can I go to work with you, dad? This question haunts me.
In August, my wife and I moved to North Carolina so she could pursue a Masters degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte. God provided me a job scrubbing toilets and emptying trash for $8/hr. This has led me to much prayer concerning my vocation, where God wants to use me for His kingdom. So far, the hoped for answers had not been coming forward.
But then, this Thursday morning, I was faced by a bright-eyed tow-headed youngster way too early in the morning.
Can I work with you?
I was struck by the words Jesus gave to Joseph and Mary when he remained at the temple as they trekked back to Nazareth. “I must be about my father’s business.”
This is the core of what we do as Christians: we are sons and daughters of the most high who cry out “Daddy!” I have been seeking so long for a great adventure, a mighty task and a rewarding vocation, and have been missing the simple question:
Can I go to work with you, Daddy?
As a Christian, as a father, as a husband, I want to make this a theme of my life, as my precious Jesus made it of his. What does it mean to be about my Father’s business, today? It means seeing the people around me as His precious church, as sheep prized by my Shepherd. It means to constantly enter the Spirit through prayer, seeking to understand and act as He is.
Is my vocation to work as a janitor all the days of my life? That is the wrong question. Rather, how can I live the vocation of son of God and co-shepherd with Christ as a janitor, as a father of two young children, as a husband to a strong and vivacious woman? This is the question I ask myself. What about you? How are you living as adopted children of the most high?