“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118: 24

THIS day. This very exact day! What I, in my weakness, may see as just one more Monday in a string of cloudy winter weeks, God gives as a singular gift! I may wish for a life without what I label as “the dull bits” but God has something else in mind. The Ordinary is extraordinarily important to Him.

Think about Jesus: We know very little about his ordinary, growing up years. We have the wonderful stories around His birth, a temple scene or two when he is young, but that is about it. We read very little about His life After the episode where his parents search for their missing son after the Passover feast, we only have one verse: “And jesus grew in wisdom statue, and in favor with God and men. That is it until He shows up to be baptized.

Those long years of which nothing is recorded show us that our everyday lives matter to God. Jesus helping his dad in the carpentry business shows that  our work is sanctified. If Jesus, The Christ, spent so much time in obscurity, we can see there is infinite worth to our quiet lives. Knowing he lived a very normal life serves to teach us today that despite our desire for the dull bits to disappear, there is absolutely no task that is too routine to reflect God’s glory and worth.

Thought for the week: What does it mean for you to see THIS particular day as gift?

Let the stable still astonish.
Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen.
Crumbling, crooked walls.
No bed to carry that pain.
And then, the child.
Rag-wrapped, laid to cry
In a trough.
Who would have chosen this?
Who would have said:
“Yes, let the God of all the heavens
And earth be born in this place”?
Who but the same God
Who stands in the darker, fouler
Rooms of our hearts and says,
“Yes, let the God of heaven and earth
Be born here in this place.”

Let The Stable Still Astonish – Leslie Leland Fields