Have I ever taken a bathtub out of a bathroom? Not at all.
Have I ever moved a toilet? Only once.
Have I ever tore down bathroom walls? Not at all.
In other words, have I ever gutted a bathroom? No, not at all.
Yet, God used this opportunity to do these things to renew me. Isn't it amazing what God uses to renew people? He gave me the opportunity to serve him in a totally different way, and it was refreshing. I concluded each day of work with a shower, because I was soaked with sweat. It was 95 degrees plus every day. Of course, on my last day of work in which I was digging a ditch in an unfinished side of a basement, every ounce of me oozed perspiration. My wallet and the money in it were wet.
Have I ever eaten dahl or haystack? Not at all.
Have I ever taken a ride in a 4 wheel drive over rocks, through mud and large puddles, and down embankments? Not at all.
Have I ever listened to stories of those who serve God? Yes, many times. What wonderful stories of how God was at work to bring a person to know God! And, what wonderful stories of how God was at work in their ministry!
Last week all these activities happened as my family and I served at JAARS. It was officially a vacation for me, but the hard work rejuvenated me. "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. (Isaiah 40:30-31)" So, the Lord God took this ministry trip, and used it to revitalize me. More than any other self-focused vacation, it enlarged my view of God, and thus added spring to my step. Thus, what cabins in the woods or times by the shore failed to do in the past, serving our wonderful God in a different way in a different setting provided new energy. Maybe, I should beware of those "comfort self" vacations.