I have spent a lot of time traveling this year… A LOT of time in the air and on the road. When flying, I spend most of my time taking stock of the comfort of the seats, checking out the leg room, and hoping that the snacks will be good and that I will have my own little TV screen on the seat back in front of me. When driving, I take advantage of the cruise control, bask in the air conditioning, and rock out with the stereo system. What I pay little attention to in both cases is the one thing that makes sure I safely get to where I am going––the tires.
An airplane will not get off the ground and will have trouble landing safely without its tires, and a car…well, we know that one. The car isn’t going anywhere without tires. And I would imagine those tires feel pretty unimportant at times and bored with their monotonous responsibility. Most people admiring a car rarely focus on the tires. You don’t hear too many people say, “What stunning tires those are!” nor do you see them running their hands over the tires in adoration. Nope, tires just do their thing, over and over and over again. There is no variation in purpose or routine. They just go round and round, but without them most modes of transportation would have trouble functioning. I think it is a safe bet to say no one notices the tires unless something goes wrong with one of them. Then suddenly, all attention is focused on them.
We need to be careful not to value others who have more noticeable roles as more important or significant. Paul reminds the Corinthian Christians, who were giving more esteem to some of its members, of this very truth in I Corinthians 12:14-26. Then in verse 18 he drives home a very important point––that each person’s place is by design and is purposeful: “… God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.”
So, regardless of what we do or where we work or who notices us, we ARE important. If we have given God control of our life, then He is using the knowledge and abilities we have at this particular moment to serve His purposes.
So whether a person is of Queen Esther’s esteem, a woman who dared to step into the king’s presence and advocate for God’s people, or Abraham Lincoln, a president who weathered the difficulties of civil war, or someone who does custodial chores in airport restrooms, God has placed each person in his or her position “For such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
God does not make mistakes. You ARE important, so go out there and burn a little rubber in celebration!