Anyway, Daniel meets Mr. M early on in the film and he asks him to teach him karate -- Daniel wants to learn how to fight. Surprisingly Mr. M puts Daniel to work -- hard labor is more like it. Daniel starts waxing cars, painting fences and sanding floors. And he thinks to himself:
What the hell does any of this have to do with karate? Maybe I just need to do these "meaningless" tasks to earn Mr. M's good graces and then he'll teach me how to fight.
How is this going to help me in the future? I can't see anything good coming from this. I feel like I'm wasting my time. This is just ridiculous. I better cut my losses now and throw in the towel. This just doesn't make sense…
Ever been there? I sure have. But it's in times like these we need to remember The Karate Kid. As cheesy as it might sound, it's true. Just how Mr. Miyagi had Daniel doing seemingly meaningless tasks, they had a bigger purpose. Mr. M knew what he was doing. He knew what Daniel needed. Those boring, labor intensive jobs were the training ground to prepare Daniel for his future.
Similarly, you and I have to do small, menial tasks in our lives that seem to have no bearing on our futures. We wonder how this pay cut, this move, this new job, the end of that relationship…will help us in any way down the road. We get cynical because we can't see the bigger picture. But guess what? God can. We have to trust that God has our best interest at heart and He is putting all of the puzzle pieces together. Our job is to simply trust. (I know, easier said than done!!!)
Like Mr. M, God knows exactly what we need, when we need it. He's got the bird's eye perspective and wants nothing less than to put together the pieces of our lives into His grand masterpiece. But we have to trust. We have to trust He knows what He's doing. We have to trust He has our best interest at heart. We have to trust that these menial, boring tasks we find ourselves doing have a bigger purpose. They are preparing us for what's ahead.
So take heart, friend! God is creating a beautiful picture with your life. Although you might feel like you're in a cloudy season right now and can't seem to make sense of where you're at and what you're doing, trust that God has got your back. Nothing is meaningless to Him.
Start to view every expereince as part of your puzzle. Years from now you'll be able to say, "AH-HA, I see it now. I see how [blank] prepared me for what I'm doing today."