Happy Labor day! I pray you enjoy time with friends and family today. I also pray that you will take a few minutes amidst the shopping or swimming to think upon the following. We have much to celebrate today- more than the start of football season or the wonderful sale prices at Old Navy…
“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” ~excerpt from the U.S. Department of Labor website
Chad and I are huge fans of the TV show “How it’s Made.” An American worker somewhere makes every neon sign, candle, crayon, camper, mannequin, kitchen knife, coffee maker, and golf club that I see around me. What I consume and use in daily life does not suddenly “appear.” As I watch the show I am amazed at the manmade machinery and robotics that assemble, cut, label, and box the various products that contribute to my well-being.
As an American, I have much to be grateful for today. I celebrate with thankfulness those who make kitchen utensils, washer and dryers, cars, toilet paper, and crayons. Their hands and creativity make this county great.
“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.”
~Isaiah 40:28 NIV
There is another who also deserves our gratitude and worship on Labor Day. God is the Ultimate Laborer- of everything. There is no one like Him. He never tires of His labor for us and to us. His Son, Jesus, carried a wooden cross and labored under the weight of our sin so that we could be free from it…
God is also the One who turns the random thoughts of man into equations and scientific advancements. He is the One who produces dreams that develop microchips. He is the ultimate seamstress-weaving new life into a mother’s womb. (Psalm 139) His perfect labor over ALL of His creation ultimately contributes to the “strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
Let today be more than a reminder to put away your white shoes and seersucker. Let it be more than the excitement over football and sale prices. Thank God for all that He is and does. He labors for you and me. Enjoy God and the fruit of His labor.
God has shed His grace on America indeed.