THE ORDINARY DAYS
THE ORDINARY DAYS
Some days feel so “ordinary” you know what I mean?
Those days when you are just not really in the mood, nothing feels exciting- and everything seems well, long. Hello to one of those days for me! As I write this, it is a beautiful sunny day and yet here I am looking out of my bedroom window, really struggling to squeeze out any kind of pleasant feeling from this ordinary moment.
If you’re anything like me, you may have a lot of ordinary days, and as I sit here, I am prayerfully asking (more like begging haha) the Lord to show me how to find sweet nourishment in the rhythms of my “ordinary” living.
We are constantly celebrating the “extraordinary” milestone events in our lives; from holidays, birthdays, engagements, baby announcements, weddings, new jobs, houses, cars etc. Sometimes, it can feel as though we are moving from one event to the next, congratulating, squealing, hugging and dancing our way through each other’s lives; and when this is on constant repeat, it can be so difficult to notice and appreciate the beauty of the ordinary moments that happen in between.
Ordinary in fact becomes boring and feels less than especially when we scroll through our social media feeds and see excitement all around us.
As much as I love celebrating the big milestones in life, I have found myself sometimes struggling with the reality of my day-to-day.You know, the commuting, food shopping, cleaning, washing, writing, constant tidying up, studying, reading, and even just being still can be a real challenge at times because it feels so ordinary.
I sometimes find myself rushing through these tasks as though they don’t have any redeeming qualities of their own- as though they are a nuisance and an inconvenience compared to the more fun things in life. I realise that our consumerist culture encourages this thought process. If we could, maybe we would gladly skip through all of the small in between moments, so that we can constantly enjoy the big and fun moments.
We are constantly focused on the
next big thing that is coming up, and you even see this in the supermarkets, before Christmas decorations are even taken down, Valentines Day merchandise is being marketed, and then Mothers day, then Easter, Fathers day.. it just goes on!
And likewise with holidays. How many of us have been guilty of daydreaming our weekdays away, counting down the time, and our pennies, and in some cases, working around the clock just so that we can book our next exciting holiday. Escapism is what some call it.
Today has been a challenging day for me because I have been keenly aware and convicted of my slight unrest concerning my “ordinary” moments. I am challenged to renew my perspective and get out of this hump that I am in, to begin to truly see my reality and small moments as a gift.
Ordinary moments have no fanfare, bells, whistles or fireworks. These moments remind me that I am an ordinary person leading an ordinary life that is often quiet, random, unexpected and slow paced, and I am slowly learning to not take them for granted. Ordinary moments are timeless, and ought to be recognised as such because they are truly the moments that can define who we are and the life that we lead.
Because of God.
I am powerfully reminded that though I am ordinary, I have an extraordinary God who lives and walks with me, and is attentive to every detail of my life. As so as I get on with all the things that I need to do, by His grace, I will find that there is an opportunity for Him to be glorified in that moment if I desire for Him to be.
He is the treasure in our lives as 2 Corinthians 4:7 tells us, and so because of this treasure in our hearts, and in our lives, where ever we go and whatever we do, He is also there. I am encouraged and reminded to take every single element of my life- ordinary and extraordinary and lean into Him there, as a tangible act and affirmation of my faith and my loving relationship with Him.
God wants our work, our extracurricular activities, gym sessions, morning, afternoon or evening shopping trips, cooking and cleaning times to be lived to the glory of His name. How can we do this?
I am encouraged with just these few verses, enough to get out of my slump, invite God into this moment and to be very grateful!
How do you often feel in your “ordinary” moments?
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