“Thousands upon thousands served him, tens of thousands attended him.” Daniel 7:10
British Masterpiece Classic, Upstairs, Downstairs, is a drama/comedy set in London in the early 1900’s. Sarah, a free-spirited junior servant, is the center of attention among Lady Marjorie’s servants. She fears she will spend her entire life serving aristocrats, instead of becoming someone important.
One day Sarah packed her suitcase and walked away from her “safe” job to find a new life. Unfortunately, I haven’t watched more episodes of the series on Netflix to find out if she returns.
It is hard for me to picture living a life in which there is no hope for something better in the future. As an administrative assistant in a church office, I served pastors, ministry staff members, lay leaders, officers, committee members, and those who sat in the pew on Sunday morning. Sometimes my days were filled with cranky, overly-stressed, belligerent, and anything-but-holy people. However, it never felt like a dead-end job, because something different happened every day. Interruptions carved deep crevices into my schedule, but often they became a time of discovering joy as a problem solver or prayer partner, or when assisting someone who needed a spare set of hands.
Perhaps if Sarah had stuck it out awhile longer as a servant, she might have found a good life, too. I’ll keep you posted!
Dear God, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you in so many different ways. Amen.