Complete, finished, no more work to be done.
I love when I complete a task, whether for my job or around the house or some special project I have been working on. Sometimes it is hard to be motivated to complete things, I get stuck part way through, bored by the tedium of it or just worn out by the size of it.
I wonder if Jesus, while on earth, either in school or in the carpentry shop with his dad, or later during ministry ever got tired of it and wanted to quit. I wonder when he was walking with the disciple if he every grew weary and wanted to stop, to do something different.
I kind of doubt it because, He was perfect and always wanted to fulfil His Father’s purpose. I think He had an understanding that we do not. Though He was man I think there were things he knew that we don’t, not that it made it easier but it gave Him motivation. I think motivation is what keeps the momentum going to be able to complete a task, or job. He also knew for certain what he was doing and why he was here.
I know I have many times wanted to quit, not just to quit, but to have a change, to do something different. Recently again this has come up. I have been teaching and caring for children pretty much my whole life. I often look back and wonder what it would have been like to have taken a different path, to have followed a different dream. As I get older I realize that there are so many things I haven’t done that I would like to do, and so many places I have not been that I would like to go.
I long to go back to school and have time to study and write, but that costs money. So, I keep doing what I do, which is teaching, tutoring students and caring for others. My life is full, I should be content and okay, yet there is this yearning desire to do something different.
I knew at one time I was to go to China, I knew when I was finished in China, now I wait and watch and see what God is doing and desire Him to say “It is finished here. Let’s go” or for there to be enough money to spend more time writing, to take piano and to just be me and fulfil some other dreams. But I hear, not yet, wait, watch and see. Even though I know God is working and moving in me and my community of people, it is not easy to stay.
I guess when I think of the Lord, he persevered no matter his feelings or desires. He walked the walk His father wanted him too. He never quit and He completed the work the Father gave him to do on earth. Now some of that work was exciting, and adventurous but some of it was frustrating and difficult and painful. He did not always have it easy. He had to confront Pharisees, rebuke his disciples, and deal with crowds. Yet he continued on despite the stubborn hearts of the people around him, despite the hard headedness of his disciples and despite physical hardships and eventually excruciating pain, He completed his Father’s work assignment. He cried out from the cross “It is finished”.
Whatever comes I long to hear My Father say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
This was a five-minute Friday write with Kate Motaung,