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My dog and I were sauntering around the church grounds this week when we saw a young bunny hiding in the side area of the church next to the sacristy door. When Ella’s hunting instincts kicked in, I quickly had us walk away to avoid frightening the defenseless, little creature. For me, it was amazing how something SO adorable and beautiful could be tucked away into a very ordinary place, on a very ordinary, summer day.
It made me think about how many other wonderful things are “tucked away” into ordinary places and unremarkable times. The proud smile of a mother as she watches her daughter read out loud on the subway on the way home from school. The gentle hand that holds onto an elderly elbow to help someone down the steps. The friend who stays up all night long in the ER “so she wouldn’t be alone while waiting.”
Ordinary circumstances perhaps, but these small gifts are actually beautiful images for anyone with open eyes. They hint at what is true but not always obvious: that our world is filled with people who give and love and care in amazing ways … the extraordinary showing up in the midst of the ordinary.
In the midst of the ordinary, I can see the extraordinary. That’s part of what we remember every Sunday morning, as followers of Jesus share a meal with someone who promises to be present. Right there, God shows up in the midst of it. But it's not only on Sunday, right?
How often, I wonder, do I miss seeing these everyday God moments because I’m so filled with my own worries and plans and preoccupations that I just don’t take a moment to see the moment?
That I fail to see in how many ways that I've been blessed?
That I fail to notice how I might "show up" for someone else and create an extraordinary moment in the midst of the ordinary life?
It might lead me to be the grateful person I want to be: someone who can see how blessed, how loved, and how beautiful this God-bathed world actually is.
And THAT would be extraordinary.