Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay.
“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
“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” —Matthew 6:8
The verses today remind us that God is with us in everything we do, even when we work. And God knows what we need to survive even before we ask him. It took me a good part of my life to realize and appreciate this. I always thought that my fortune (or lack thereof) was because of my doing. It wasn’t until I started seeing God in everything I do that I became less anxious about my life.
When we look at the first reading for today, it is helpful to look at verses 1 and 2 of Psalm 127 together. Here is the New Revised Standard Version translation: “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved.”
How much of our labor is for things we desire as opposed to things we need? If we can truly trust God for the things we need as opposed to the things we want, then our labor becomes easier and less stressful. God knows what we need without us even asking, so maybe we should pray that God will help us distinguish between our needs and desires. Then when we do find a little extra for the things we desire, we will appreciate them even more.
So start each day inviting God to be with you in everything you do and trusting God for the things you truly need. You may be amazed at how much less stressful your day will be! Amen.