Monday, December 1, 2014

How “Extraordinary” comes from “Ordinary”


The Christian world is preparing, looking ahead, planning; in fact, many who don’t claim a Christian worldview are joining in that anticipation. Thanksgiving is now a memory, “black Friday” has come and gone (well, kind of) and Dec. 1 is a reality. Yikes!  Yes, Christmas is soon upon us!  Yes, the arguments and discussions abound about the curse of “busyness”, the commercialism of it all, and on and on it goes.

But for now, let’s go back, and back even more and let our imaginations take us to that little town of Nazareth where a young girl lived with her very ordinary family. Research suggests she was a young teenager, a lovely girl who brought joy to her family. (Well, some of it is how I envision her so I need a bit of license here.)  She was looking forward to being Joseph’s wife.  Joseph was a man who loved God and worked basically a “blue collar” job…as a carpenter.  So far I don’t see anything amazing about either of them.

And then the whole angel scene happens and life turns upside down.  This was serious business….to be pregnant before marriage. Stoning was often carried out against this “crime” in that day and time.  Can you imagine your own reaction?  I think I seriously would question if I had imagined or dreamed about an angel visiting me!  Not at all sure my reaction would have been “May it be to me as you have said.”  I don’t know about you but I sometimes have difficulty keeping my mind from wandering during my prayer time!  Well, an angel showing up in my presence probably would help me stay focused!

But, seriously, I LOVE how God came down into this challenging, sinful world as a tiny baby, born into an ordinary family, born among the smells and sounds of cattle and other animals. To quote G.A. Meyers,” God entrusts extraordinary things to very ordinary people.”  That’s you.... and me!  And because we are ordinary, we are exactly the people God chooses to love the unlovable, to serve the downhearted, to share the hope of Jesus.

I am looking forward to a very exciting week, a week God has called me to love others for His sake.  I am excited about our annual Women’s Christmas event on Thursday; I look forward to hearing God’s love come through our speaker.  It is such a privilege to be on the planning end of that event with a great team of women working hard to bring this about.  The next night I will be sharing my story of God’s perfect love, with women in another town in the U.P.  You see, I am amazed, truly, that God trusts me with His precious children.  He trusts me to share Him through my story of redemption and renewal.  And God has promised that HE will do extraordinary things through my very ordinary acts of obedience.

What is God calling you to do?  Can you share Jesus with a friend or neighbor who soooo needs to hear a word of hope?  Who is on your daily route?  Is there a mom who needs a word of encouragement, a relative struggling with a health issue who needs a hug, a needy and vulnerable child who needs a warm jacket?  These are such ordinary offerings but God can take them and accomplish something extraordinary through them.

What is God painting on the canvas of your life this Christmas?  Maybe it’s time for all of us who claim the title of “believer” to say to God, “May it be to me as you have said.”

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this inspiring post. I just prayed for you :)