• 1 Kings 5:1-18

“Now therefore, command that they cut down cedars for me from Lebanon; and my servants will be with your servants, and I will pay you wages for your servants according to whatever you say. For you know there is none among us who has skill to cut timber like the Sidonians.” –I Kings 5:6, NKJV

Solomon building the temple required work from all over the land. The king summoned materials and workmen, bringing them together to make the work happen. In this verse, Solomon called for cedars from Lebanon. Though cedars tend to grow at about 3-feet per year, I can only imagine that the one who planted the tree had no idea its end purpose. For who, when planting a tree, thinks that it will be used in the house of God? Who believes the greatest of honors might bestow on the tomatoes in their gardens? They were just planting away. Then the king called, the trees cut, and some farmer dude sees the side of the temple and thinks: “I planted that. Glory to God, I planted that.”

You are the same, you know. Sometimes you are the seed nobody thought to believe for great things. Sometimes you are the farmer just planting away your seeds, never guessing what they might become. Sometimes you are the skilled Sidonian, sent to cut the tree of another because of your great skill. And sometimes you are the king, summoning the best from all over, seeking to build the best thing you can.

Whatever your place, embrace it. For the Heavenly King will call. Be ready with whatever role He called you to play.

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