Her presence filled the room like royalty.
She held the mop like a queen’s scepter as she prepared to clean the hospital restroom.
I immediately noticed her dazzling smile as our eyes met and something in me told me she was a daughter of the King.
(Have you ever wondered if God has given us a sense to recognize other believers before they ever open their mouths? Are we sometimes drawn to the Holy Spirit inside of each other? I think about John the Baptist leaping in Elizabeths womb when Mary, pregnant with the Savior, came near.)
But back to the bathroom….
For the next several moments, this beautiful girl, with the mop, and I talked there in that bathroom.
She asked me why I found myself at the hospital and I explained about my mom.
She told me how hard she worked to keep germs at bay for her patients, and she assured me she knew that we had some great nurses where we were.
As women often do, we shared about our kids and the Jesus-in-us connected in just a few moments.
She told me she would pray for my family.
My heart was lifted. She encouraged my soul.
And I thought how this precious woman was beautifully fulfilling her calling.
She was used by God for me in that moment.
And I thought of Mary’s song of Praise— the words that rolled off Mary’s tongue after embracing, the also pregnant, Elizabeth.
How also this beautiful woman, this janitor in the hospital bathroom, how her soul magnified the Lord like Mary’s —
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;” (Luke 1:46-52)
Friend, no matter where we find ourselves, no matter what our position, we EACH have an opportunity to magnify the Lord.
Oftentimes, we think only preachers and speakers and those on stages are the ones with high callings.
But that doesn’t seem to fit with the way God has often worked in Scripture and how I see Him work today.
God has always been in the business of doing mighty things with willing, humble hearts.
And I can find no where in Scripture that leads me to believe that the reward in heaven for the mega-church pastor will be anymore than that of the beautiful janitor girl who does her job well.
God is certainly not impressed by position and power like our human hearts tend to be.
Instead, He works so often in unexpected places and through ordinary people to do amazing things.
Think about it —If God chose a poor teenage girl to bring His Son into the world, don’t think for a moment that He doesn’t want to use you right where you are, where you work, where you shop, and on the street you live.
You don’t need a title when you’ve got a calling!
And friend, you’ve got a calling!
We who know Jesus as Lord, we who are sons and daughters of the King, need to hold our heads high, embrace the calling on our lives and point others to the Savior in this day!!
Because what a Savior He is!!!
(Written several years ago)