It’s true the saying that says, distraction is your biggest enemy. It has been few months since I last wrote a piece on this blog. Starting a business really zapped out my attention. Hence, I rarely think to write a blog anymore. Until recently, I have been so blessed with the results that prompted me to write again and share the goodness of God.
Starting a business is not like anything you have done before. It’s always new, challenging, and at the same time, humbling. I am thankful that my parents still could support me both in financial and advice in starting a business. Nevertheless, I still find that the challenge is great. Many unexpected things would appear to test the owner’s resilience, patience and belief. Thus, I felt that I was powerless and could not do it all. It’s not pessimism, it’s a fact. I might be able to fix the broken air conditioner, but who can force a stranger the buy my product? Regardless of how many hours we put into work, no matter how smart, resourceful or well-connected we are, unless the LORD blesses us, our labor is in vain. How could I say that? Not only I experienced that, but The Bible shares that as well.
It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Psalm 127:2
The verse explicitly says the nature of our work. It is useless to work 18 hours a day, buying our bread from our back-breaking or stress-piling work. It sounds abysmal, doesn’t it? Well, it does not say that we should take a nap the whole day either. It says that God’s beloved have assurance that they won’t lack any in their life. Who is His beloved? They are the ones who have faith, people who are confident that God is gracious for them (Hebrews 11:6). God blesses the people who trust Him, even when they are asleep. We may think we might work, do this and do that, but at the end of the day, the results will always come from God’s gracious hands. We might buy our bread from the local shops, but let’s remember it is God who lays food on our table.