12The angel of the Lord appeared to him [on the threshing floor] and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.’ (Judges 6.12)
“The ordinary activities I find most compatible with contemplation are walking, baking bread, and doing laundry.” (Kathleen Norris)
There is a wonderful Old Testament story about an ordinary young man, a farmer, who experiences the call of God on his life. His name was Gideon. One day at work he is addressed by the angel of the Lord, and summoned to a great task, leading the liberation of his people.
Gideon’s conversation with the angel of the Lord reveals some of his character. He expresses disbelief about God being present with his people, seeing they are in such dire straits. He feels completely unworthy of a commission to lead. He questions his own capability and his families’ humble origins as reasons to disqualify him for such a task.
There are many themes worth pursuing in this story but the first one to strike me is that God’s angel comes to Gideon while he is at his regular work. How often we lament that we do not have time: time for prayer, for Bible reading, for meditation. For if we did, we think, God could really speak clearly to us.
The more amazing truth, continually revealed in the Bible is that God most often approaches us in the routines of life; the laundry, the baking, the classroom, the shop floor. Where we work is where God may often choose to address us. Can we hear?
How Gideon responds to the call of God is an exciting story. Join us this Sunday as we explore Gideon’s life and how God calls each of us to faithful discipleship right where we are!