For a lifetime the world witnessed her humble life at work. Most people understood the why of her endeavors, fewer understood the Who. It was difficult to put into a “worldly” context a life lived in obedience to God. Nevertheless, Mother Teresa’s journals express a very basic spiritual emotion—does God even care. How many times have you wanted to say the words of Mother Teresa--“I feel like refusing God.”
Nehemiah’s life took a drastic turn when he lived his life in obedience to God. After moving to Jerusalem he encountered one barrier after another attempting to thwart the good work God had called him to do. And, when the wall was finished, his “enemies” were afraid because they knew that it was a result of God’s help (Nehemiah 6:15-16). Enemies that are afraid are unpredictable and yet Nehemiah continued--restoring, rebuilding; helping the Jewish community to return their focus on the Who of their existence.
By the end of his life, this humble cup bearer accomplished much more than anyone ever anticipated. What had started as a construction job turned into a life long mission. In the process of repairing the physical walls Nehemiah realizes that the spiritual foundation of the community had been compromised and so he stays, obedient to God’s call.
They both lived obedient lives. But, Nehemiah and Mother Teresa shared a doubt--was their good work enough to be remembered by the God who had called them to obedience.
God has a loving memory.
God, thank you for those who have lived before us revealing
that an obedient life is a life that You remember.
My desire is to do Your good work, living a life of obedience.
Remember me, O my God.