The Sacredness of Everyday Life. Taking out the garbage is an unappetizing chore that some object to. Yet for YHVH God, the priest removing ashes (garbage) was a holy sacred job requiring special clothes. (cf. LEV 6:3-4) The job even had a name, trumat hadeshen.
Can taking out the garbage, a seemingly odious job, be reframed as a blessing?? Yes, & to do so is to bring the sacred & divine into our daily lives. Consider these things:
First, we imitate God in this chore, because He has cleaned out the garbage in our lives. Where it talks about “even though your sins be like filthy rags” the literal meaning there is menstrual pads—and that is what God cleans up…our filthiness.
Second, think of all the blessings the garbage represents: a. the house becomes cleaner & more sanitary (free of unhealthy molds, etc.), b. most of the world is unable to buy what became the garbage, many are fighting starvation, so the fact one is wealthy enough to buy what became garbage is significant, and c. that one is healthy enough to haul the garbage, and not trapped in a hospital bed or worse.
No wonder the Word says, “whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him.” * God can redeem the mundane! The Word further says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (*COL 3:17 & **1 THS 5:18)