We all travel through life in a very hurried pace. Sometimes we can
attend religious services, sometimes, we cannot. However, we can
always take a few minutes to thank God for allowing us to be here, and
to serve our respective Grand Bodies.
Read Jeremiah 38:6-13, 39:15-18
I was discouraged about my job and what meaning it all had when I met Ebed-melech on the pages of my Bible. Ebed-melech is an obscure character who plays his part in an Old Testament event. This is what God taught me from the scriptures: Like Ebed-melech, with a little extra thought and effort, I could do my job in a way that shows kindness and compassion toward others.
The prophet Jeremiah was held prisoner, deep in a cistern. An outsider working as an official in the royal palace, Ebed-melech would have been hero enough for arranging Jeremiah's rescue and for pulling him up with ropes out of the cistern. But Ebed-melech thought about Jeremiah's condition and his need. He devised a method of rescue that would be less painful for the imprisoned prophet.
Old rags and worn-out clothes-what a practical way to cushion and protect Jeremiah! Ebed-melech took the time to do a little more than was necessary, to provide for Jeremiah in a practical way. Perhaps I can find a way in my work to be responsive to people, to do a little more.