The Ordinary

It’s the everyday, little things in life that I dread.  I’d rather swing from one glorious moment to the next than walk through the ordinary and mundane.  To walk the ordinary requires diligence, patience, obedience, and daily determination to continue with one foot in front of the other regardless of the circumstance.  It’s challenging.  The same ‘ole, same ‘ole doesn’t come standard with cool, refreshing breezes.

Swinging from one high moment to another, now that is exciting!  Then you really feel the breeze, and setting one foot in front of the other isn’t required!  This is where I find the accolades of men, the “atta-boys”, and affirmations; the touches by God, the display of the miraculous, the times I see my ministry growing and being recognized.  They are truly times of refreshing, and special moments indeed.

The truth, however much I care not to admit it, is that I was not made to permanently live in the high moments.  Life is made up of the often long, in-between moments, and I must learn to walk in them if I am to be fit and useful to God, ready to melt into obscurity so that He alone is visible in me!  My vapor of a life cannot be mine!  It cannot be all about me, my needs, my wants.

Am I willing to give up my right to myself and allow God to empower me to walk through the seemingly mundane and ordinary days, so that when those times of refreshing come, I am ready?  Am I still willing to serve God even when He chooses to withhold, simply because He is God, He is holy, and He is the substance of my life?  Are you? It is only when we lose ourselves that we truly find ourselves, for to live the extraordinary is to embrace the ordinary. It is in the ordinary where I learn to sing.

“If Jesus had gone to Heaven from the Mount of Transfiguration, He would have gone alone; He would have been nothing more to us than a glorious Figure. But He turned His back on the glory, and came down from the mount to identity Himself with fallen humanity”. – Oswald Chambers

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