As tradespeople we tend to like working in the outdoors and we love the variety our work can bring. We never work in the same area for a long period of time… unless you are working on a big development or long-term construction project. But soon those projects come to an end and before long you are working on a different building site which requires the installation of different facilities.
When we do come across monotonous work, it’s easy to succumb to negative feelings and thoughts like ‘this sucks’ or ‘this job is going to see the end of me’. Tradespeople can’t always guarantee where or when their next job will come. It’s a known saying with work in this industry that it’s either a ‘feast or famine’.
There will always be slow times and there will always be super busy times in the building and construction industry. Wisdom teaches us to put away for the slow times so that when they do arrive, we have funds to fall back on.
We need to thank God every day for every job opportunity that comes our way and not complain when there’s little work, and definitely not distress when there are not enough hours in the day to meet tight deadlines when it’s flat out.
Notice in Numbers 11:4-6 that God was providing the Israelites with their needs, but they were getting sick of the same old same old manner. Their vision and thinking were swayed by what variety of food they could appetise their pallet with when they were in slavery in Egypt.
We have to thank God for the good times and not so good times in business. We need to be thankful for the simple jobs, boring jobs and hard jobs – all opportunities that God gives us every day. We also need to trust that when times are slow, God has windows of work opportunities waiting for us. All we need to do is ask.
“The rabble with them began to crave other food and again the Israelites started wailing and said ‘If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost – also the cucumber, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”