An ordinary day years ago while visiting my parents in Parkersburg, Iowa. I’m making pancakes, Mom is getting the rest of breakfast ready, and Dad is watching. Just one of the pictures in Mom’s shoe box of photos I mention below.
I’ve been going through a shoe box of photos belonging to my late mother. There are photos of special days like birthdays, Christmas, graduations, and vacations, but a great number of the photos are of ordinary events that happened on ordinary days. As I study the pictures, particularly those that included me, I usually can’t recall the moments the camera captured. Though the moments were not memorable enough for me to remember, most of us were smiling in most of the pictures! Those ordinary days were good days.
The news is filled with stories of people who are going through far from ordinary days dealing with floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, mass shootings, war, and a host of other life impacting negative events. All of us have also had our share of painful disruptions to normal life. In many cases the day started out ordinary enough, and then something happened. Good is the day that started, continued, and ended as an ordinary day!
It would seem that there are three kinds of days: exciting days with great things happening, bad days, and ordinary days. Most of us have lived long enough to know that really great and exciting days happen rather infrequently. That leaves the rest of our days to be bad or ordinary. I’ll take ordinary!
So much of life is ordinary that we’re wise to see the value of these ordinary days. Those of us who are serious about living to please God are to see ordinary days as sacred. John Newton, the author of the hymn “Amazing Grace” and a great Christian, pastor, and writer, penned these words in a letter to a friend. “If we consider this life chiefly with respect to the things which make up a great part of it, as eating, drinking, buying, selling, putting on our clothes, and putting them off—a spiritual mind may well be weary of such a train of necessary trifling. But even the common actions of life are sanctified, and become a part of our acceptable service, when performed in a spirit of faith, love, and dependence.” The Letters of John Newton” by John Newton
The great Christian devotional writer Oswald Chambers put it this way, “We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing – that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But as we grow in His grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, at this very moment. If we have God’s assurance behind us, the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life.”
Each day is a gift from God. Each day He loves us. Each day God is nearer to us than the air we breathe. Each day is holy and sacred! As it turns out, no day is really ordinary!
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14