If someone asked me to describe my life in one word, I suppose there’s a chance I might say ordinary.
I’ve said before here on my blog that we just do a lot of ordinary living. Yet, there are so many things I embrace about ordinary. So many things I take for granted about ordinary. So many things I LOVE about what I call ordinary. In my blogging journey and journaling and creating memories here at A Delightful Glow, God has shown me again and again the wonderfulness of ordinary details.
Many things that I label ordinary are really extraordinary miracles if you look just a tiny bit below the surface of ordinary.
The two healthy babies that I brought home from the hospital. In contrast, the babies that arrive into this world at 25 weeks old instead of a full term 40 weeks.
Food on our table to feed our growing-up children. In contrast, hungry, malnutritioned children across the globe.
Jobs and work to do and tasks to fill our time as we work unto the Lord. In contrast, the man and woman standing at the corner at our local Wal-mart holding a sign, asking for help.
Bibles on our shelves. In contrast, Christians around the world imprisoned and persecuted simply for clinging to the name of Jesus. And it is creeping closer.
Knowing my Jesus and grace. In contrast, the many, many people who have grown up in a home where parents didn’t teach them who Jesus is.
What is ordinary?
My ordinary wears a completely different face than your ordinary.
Just ordinary. Who says? Isn’t it all in the perspective?
To be “not ordinary” what has to be attached? Success? Wealth? Fame?
Out-of-the-ordinary can be more alone than ordinary.
And to God?
God never said we were ordinary.
God never created classes and labeled them with things like Mediocre, Above Average, Successful, A Failure, Ordinary, Smart, Extraordinary, The Best, No-Good, Accepted, Not-Good-Enough, So-so, Achievement, Best of the Best, or Top Dog.
This, THIS, is what God did and said.
Genesis 1:27-28, 31
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.
This ordinary life that I say I live? It’s not so ordinary after all.
It is a gift. Huge, breathtakingly beautiful.
It is very good.