“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” ~ Psalm 119:103

My kids asked me a serious question: “How do you know that guy in the drive-thru?”

Ha. “I don’t really,” I said. Except for I do – sort of.

He’s eighteen, and he’s working almost every time I pull up to the window to get my dollar drink at the fast food joint three minutes from my house – which is on a pretty regular basis during the hot summer months.

I know that he was a senior in high school last year – except for he didn’t quite graduate, so now he’s working hard to get his GED. He’s working really hard, but it’s not always easy.

I know that he’s a dedicated worker, and that someday he’d like to do more with his life. He told me so once out of the blue as he smiled and handed me my drink.

He’s outgoing and friendly and always gives my daughter a hearty hello when she rolls down the back window of the van to make silly faces and say “hi” to him. And he lights up when we greet him by his first name. I really never thought much of it, but it sure seems to mean a lot to him… even if we shallowly learned it from his work name tag.

But as we pulled up to the drive-thru window last week, he wasn’t his usual smiley self. Before I could even ask, he offered that it had been a hard week. Something about relationship problems with a girl, and that he felt like his life had no purpose.

“I’ve been there,” I said. “Hey man, do you know God?”  I quickly glanced in my rearview mirror and spotted my middle schoolers discreetly sinking down into their seats in the back of the ol’ minivan. Heh.

I shared Proverbs 3:5-6 with him and talked about how my life would be a mess without God and His Word. And instead of looking at me like I was some crazy middle-aged mom who doesn’t get out much (listen, my teenagers already had that look covered), tears filled his eyes and he whispered, “I think God is trying to tell me something. You’re the third person in line today who has talked about the Bible with me.” A small smile returned as his eyes drifted away and he slowly shook his head in disbelief.

“Wanna come to church with us on Sunday?” my spunky girlie yelled through her rolled-down back window without missing a beat. Aaahhh… that-a-girl. I felt a little bad for the poor people waiting in line behind us, but not that bad. “Hey lady, I know your burger’s important, but we’re talking about Jesus up here.”

Ok, so I didn’t really say that.

But I might have thought it. Because let’s face it: too often we save God’s Word for church services and weddings and funerals and for when we want to disagree with something the world just offended us with.

But God’s Word is also for the mundane. In fact, it’s especially for the mundane.

It’s hope in the workplace and at the kitchen sink. It’s encouragement over morning coffee and in late night phone conversations. It’s peace during toddler tantrums and in adult relationship struggles. It’s life during dry seasons and purpose in the laundry pile that never ends. It’s joy in the midst of teenage break-ups and in unpredictable vehicle break-downs. It’s confidence in the unseen moments and in life’s final days.

And it’s totally God revealing himself in the middle of the drive-thru line on some random Tuesday afternoon.

“If God doesn’t rule your mundane, then he doesn’t rule you. Because that’s where you live.” ~ Paul Tripp

God has given us this incredible Book packed full of hope, encouragement, peace, life, purpose, joy and confidence, and I cringe to think of the times that I have pulled my Bible out as a last resort – in life’s big moments and in my every day mundane. And I cringe when I think about the times that I knew I should have shared it with others and I didn’t. Why do we so often go to God’s Word as a last resort when it has been gifted to us as a priceless window in to the heart of our Savior?

A gift far too precious to keep to ourselves.

God, let it be your words that we run to in the mundane. Let it be your words that flow from our lips, ready and willing to bring life and hope to those around us.

“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.” ~ Psalm 119:97-98

At His feet,

*LET’S TALK: How do YOU weave God’s Word into the mundane moments of your day?

{Week 5} Challenge: In addition to your regular Bible study, incorporate God’s Word into at least ONE “mundane” moment each day this week. For example: while you’re doing dishes, listen to one chapter of the Bible from an online audio Bible source, or include encouraging Scripture in a note to a friend.

{Week 5} Video:

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*BONUS VIDEO: We were so moved by this powerful new video from Desiring God that we wanted to share it with you (please take five minutes to watch this… I promise you won’t regret it). “As you watch this video, ask God to restore the wonder…” ~ John Piper

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{Week 5} Reading Plan:

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{Week 5} Memory Verse:

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