For the Ordinary Days

Growing up, I was always the girl that wanted summer when it was winter, and winter when it was summer. If you know me really well, you know I tend to skip ahead to the good stuff. I’m not always a patient waiter, and I have to intentionally remind myself that the process is fun too. I think we all have times when want the next thing, so we miss what God is doing now.

But what he’s doing now is good.

If I miss it, I won’t be ready for the next thing.

God is simply reminding me to enjoy these simple, slow moments of ordinary days. Enjoy watching my cat play with the blinds; enjoy making breakfast with my husband; enjoy our one-bedroom apartment; enjoy these last couple semesters as a college student. These things don’t last forever, and I want to savor them.

Maybe if you are excellent at enjoying the now, and you’re super patient, this post isn’t for you. But if you’re like me, keep reading, and we’ll grow together.

Recently God showed me that this year I just need to walk with him. The past year and a half of my life has been extremely busy; it’s probably been the busiest season of my life planning a wedding, getting married, going to South Africa on a mission trip, and my husband and I trying to finish our undergrad while working. And if that sentence felt like a lot in one breath, it was!

Although I have loved all of it, I find myself now in a very stark contrast of the past year: quiet, ordinary, and full of healthy space. I have breathed a breath of fresh air since having margin in my schedule.

But now what?

How do we spend our ordinary days in a way that honors God? How do we spend our ordinary days when we’re not waiting on some big breakthrough? God has been showing me that this “ordinary” time frame is meant for simply walking with him. No agendas, no moving mountains; just walking with him.

Here are a few things to note about walking with God in the ordinary seasons:

Ordinary does not mean boring. I think we misname “nothing on the calendar” for “boring,” when in fact, this time is a gift of God doing the hard work in our hearts to shape us into who we are called to be. All the good work is done in the “between time.”

Ask God what He wants to teach you. Look for the ways God is shaping you. Personally, this often comes when I identify a struggle of yours right now. How can you allow God into your heart to mold you

While walking with God, notice the small things. This season will be marked by the art of noticing God’s hand in it all. And I know this will teach me to take note in busier seasons of life. When we take note of that small task in our routine that looks insignificant, we actually designate purpose to it. That small thing becomes a significant thing, and we become grateful people in the process. And believe me, time stands still for a moment when you pause long enough to be thankful. Thank God for the cup of coffee to start off your day, that talk with a friend, or the job that helps pay your bills. Noticing God’s sustenance is part of the ordinary.

Follow the leader. While reading Galatians 5, I came to verse 22 and 23, where the Bible discusses the fruit of the spirit. Annotated in verse 25 was the Greek word stoicheō, which means “walk in line behind a leader.” I love this picture of walking with the Holy Spirit. It takes me back to kindergarten, following the leader to the next location, fully knowing we would get there even if I wasn’t in charge. Following the lead of the Holy Spirit is the safest trust walk, and it will produce in us the fruit of the Spirit! I want to yield all of the fruit mentioned in verses 22 and 23.

The disciples spent a lot of time walking with Jesus, and so can we. Okay, not every day was filled with a grand miracle. I think their important days were built on daily relationship with Jesus (as ours are). This daily relationship between the disciples and Jesus built a trust in him that was important for performing the big miracles. Had the disciples not spent time knowing Jesus’ character, they would not be able to trust his heart when he fed thousands and walked on rippling waters.

Walking with God is intimate, allowing him to know where I struggle, know my thoughts, and let Him in on what I love and desire. But I come away filled, noticing things He does, waiting more patiently, and loving like He does.

Whatever season of life you find yourself in, I hope you can relate to loving your ordinary days and finding God in all of them. I’m a firm believer in the best days being in front of you. But before “the best” let’s take of today. Because today is really good, don’t you think?

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