Ordinariness

Yesterday, Mom sent an email about my family’s recent adventure with elephants in the forest near our house. I have to admit, I was slightly jealous that my brothers were up the hill discovering giant elephant footprints, and broken tree branches.

Ohio is… not quite like that.

But, today I thought about something I read last year. Something about how bananas are evidence of a creator. I remember feeling skeptical. Then it began to make sense. Think about bananas. They’re just the right size to grasp in our hands. They have convenient packaging, are good to eat, easy to get, healthy, and oh so very ordinary.

Maybe I need to get more excited about everyday-ness. About my favorite hat, and walking barefoot, and my bright orange mouth guard. About clouds, and quirky professors, and cinnamon.

Someone told me that it’s a shame we never look at ceilings, because there are some pretty cool ones. Maybe I need to notice things like that too.

One of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes says, “We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always hard to penetrate. The real labour is to remember, to attend. In fact, to come awake. Still more, to remain awake.”

Maybe tomorrow, there won’t be any elephants lumbering by my dorm room. In fact, it’s pretty certain. Maybe tomorrow, though, I will notice those plain old ordinary things, like bananas and ceilings, and maybe tomorrow, I will go out and look for God.

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One Response to Ordinariness

  1. Phil M says:

    God is the God of the ordinary. Ordinary days, ordinary routines and oridnary people. Yet he transforms each into a masterpiece by his grace. Jesus “had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” (Isaiah 53:2b). Tradition says that Paul was short, bald and bowlegged. And yet God brought salvation through the ordinary Jesus and started the missions movement through the ordinary Paul who said, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul also said, “Brothers, thikn of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong…” Let’s hear it for ordinary people doing extraordinary things through God’s power–like going to Denison! 🙂

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