God in the Ordinary
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day, they pour forth speech; night after night, they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world (Ps. 19:1-4).
The world in which we live reveals God. God’s handiwork is throughout all of his creation. This means all creation is marked by the triune God, for He spoke it into being and sustains it by His power. In other words, the world and all that is in it reveals God in some way. The world is not a cold and bitter place, but it testifies of the Lord.
Psalm 19 declares that the creation speaks of God and displays his marvelous works. No part of this world does not have some spark of God’s glory shining through it. We cannot look around at God’s creation without seeing his handiwork. His light shines through in the smallest of places. We are all surrounded by God’s presence, so this world cannot help but expose or uncover something of God.
One evening, like usual, I took my dog Freckles on a walk. Right before departing on our walk, I felt lonely and sad that I was without family during the holidays. But then the Lord reminded me of my friends who invited me in or came over. Not only that, but He also painted the sky with an amazing sunset that evening (see picture below). I couldn’t believe the colors I saw in the sky, purples, blues, reds, oranges, and yellows. Every stroke and every color made me in awe! I had not seen a sunset like that in a long time! At that moment, I remembered God’s presence in my life and all around me.
The psalmist reminds us of how everyday places and events reveal the God I worship and serve. God is in the night sky and all of the earth! It reminds me that God is here in my ordinary life, which makes it extraordinary. Life is always extraordinary because everywhere around us reflects the God who governs, guides, and protects us.
Where have you seen God in your morning?
Where have you seen God on a walk, run, or hike?
Where have you seen God in a relationship?
I encourage you to look for God in the world around you. Let’s train our minds and hearts to combat the sinful world with reflections of God’s grace and power in our ordinary journeys. In the new year, I have decided to look for God in the ordinary of my life. I pray that this will help me see God in creation every time I take my morning walk, spend time with friends and family, and take time in His creation. Taking moments to see God in the ordinary will help me remember that my daily life is extraordinary with God.
My challenge to you is to find a way to see God in your ordinary life each and every day. Where do you see God, and where will you look to see God?
Lord, in our ordinary lives, may we see your extraordinary hand at work. Remind us of your power, your grace, and your love through the working of your hand in our lives, in creation, and in relationships. May you open our eyes to see you in our ordinary lives each and every day. Amen.
Rev. Lauren Parliament
Minister to Future Leaders and Discipleship
American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains