Seemingly Insignificant

Lunch at Burger King that day seemed pretty insignificant, we’d done it a hundred times before, but little did I know how much life would change sitting at a table for two and munching down some chicken nuggets.

Have you ever experienced a seemingly insignificant moment? A moment that seemed almost routine or mundane, only to be completely surprised by the significance it really held. Well, that was me on November 26, 2003. I was working a mundane job, front desk at a hotel. I really enjoyed the position other than I didn’t get to spend much time with Dustin as he was working out of town back then. We were only dating at the time, but that day he had shown up to my work over lunch break and asked to take me to lunch. I ran to the back begging my boss, and he obliged. Soon we were out the door and off to eat. Now, in Dustin’s defense, he gave me the option of a nice meal, but I was craving some chicken nuggets smothered in salt, just the way I like them. So without much convincing, we headed off to Burger King. Had I known what was coming, I definitely would’ve picked somewhere a bit fancier, but my seemingly insignificant lunch had me convinced it was just another day. That is until I pulled my engagement ring out of his coat pocket. So right there, over chicken nuggets loaded with salt, and a room full of retired people seeking the senior discount, Dustin asked me to be his wife (insert Awwwww).

There are so many times in life I have been guilty of taking the little things, or the small beginnings, for granted. And I see this so much in life, and even within the church. It’s almost as if a title becomes more significant than the work does. Dustin could’ve chosen to wait on the engagement because of the setting, but for him, it wasn’t about where he was, but who he was with. I could’ve gotten upset because he asked me to marry him at a fast food restaurant, but it wasn’t about that for me. We could’ve been standing in a dumpster, and I would’ve said yes, although I’m glad it wasn’t a dumpster.

Maybe your seemingly insignificant moment is cutting grass for a company you desperately want to run someday, keep cutting. God may use this opportunity to do something incredible. Or perhaps you’d love to run the women’s ministry at church, but your current role is the janitor, small beginnings, my friend. Right now, in this season of life, just do the work set before you, do it well, and in time and if it matches God’s heart for you, you will run women’s ministry, run the company, pastor the church, write the book, speak to thousands, marry the man of your dreams, etc. Just because it, whatever it is for you, seems insignificant, doesn’t mean it is.

Keep moving forward, friend. I am here rooting for you. God too is cheering you on and making a way through what seems impossible. Don’t give up.

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” Zechariah 4:10

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