The vast majority of the days of our lives aren’t very spectacular. Ordinary would be the word we used to describe most days. Our days are filled with routine and begin to blur together, yet, in a sense, it is there ordinary-ness that makes them spectacular. God can, and will use, even the most ordinary things to touch our lives.
Ordinary days are like the green plains and hills of Iowa. The spectacular days are like the mountains of Colorado. It is hard not to be in awe of the mountains when you visit Colorado, but Iowa the beauty of the hills and trees and cornfields is often lost. Why is this beauty lost? Their beauty comes from things that seem so ordinary. The mountains seem magnificent, but the cornfields and hills look so simple.
How does this apply to the days of our lives? There are days that I know beforehand are going to be special: holidays, vacations, special retreats, and a special get away with my wife. These days are important because special significance has been attached to them. They may not always live up to their expectations, but there is a sense that they are special.
I want all my days to be special, and that is why it is frustrating to live the ordinary days. These are the days that are filled with routine and responsibility. They just don’t seem to be as important because it was just like the previous day.
This is what I need to remember: Each day has the potential to make an impact on my life. For that to happen I have to take a moment to consider what God is doing in my life.
Just as the beauty in Iowa is hard to see, there is meaning and purpose in the routine and responsibility of ordinary days. I just need to look for it.
What this means is that there is no such thing as an ordinary day! Each day has great potential, but for that potential to be realized I have give the day over to God. He will use each day to bring me a little further along to becoming the person He created me to be.
It is also important to remember that these seemingly ordinary days, the ones filled with routine and responsibility, help me appreciate the spectacular days even more. To be able to break free from the routine of life is a bigger deal when I actually have routine in my life. Living in the ordinary makes me appreciate the spectacular even more, just as living in Iowa makes me appreciate the mountains of Colorado.
Heavenly Father, give me the discipline to live the routine and responsibility of ordinary days and fill me with joy to properly appreciate the spectacular days.