The Sacredness of The Ordinary

ClothesLineSmallThere are so many ordinary moments in each day. Extraordinary moments are the exception; ordinary moments rule most days. The accompanying photo is of one such ordinary event, my wife Diann hanging the laundry on the clothesline this morning. Yes, we’re using a new and innovative way of drying clothes, harnessing “green” solar and wind energy! Ok, so it’s not new and innovative. Our grandparents used this method and the Amish still do, but I digress.

Ordinary moments abound – making coffee, showering, preparing a meal, cleaning up after the meal, mowing the lawn, vacuuming the house, driving here and there and back again, etc., etc., etc. Oswald Chambers states in his classic book My Utmost for His Highest, the June 15th devotional, “We all have those times when there are no flashes of light and no apparent thrill to life, where we experience nothing but the daily routine with its common everyday tasks. The routine of life is actually God’s way of saving us between our times of great inspiration which come from Him. Don’t always expect God to give you His thrilling moments, but learn to live in those common times of the drudgery of life by the power of God.”

Each day is from God and His glory is in it, so it is not to be taken for granted. Boredom is not an appropriate response to the blessing of today! Holy is the humdrum!

I attempted in the accompanying photo of Diann hanging a piece of laundry on the line to put the glory of the morning sun into the scene to symbolize the amazing fact that the Lord is with us each moment of each day. Even on difficult days we have the promise of His presence and help. Each step we take and any place we occupy while standing still is holy ground, we just have to recognize it as such.

Much of life seems ordinary. We can be thankful for this. (Who hasn’t wished, when life has gone horribly wrong, for things to be ordinary?) What makes any day and every moment special is to recognize, by the grace of God, the sacredness of the ordinary.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)


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