This post was originally posted in April of 2010. I happened upon it last night as I was looking for something else. What affected me is we’re in a season where life is NOT ordinary. It has been a challenge to keep up with the demands of life since the beginning of the year. And the worst part? As the year progresses it seems to be getting busier. I have been longing for an ordinary day. How about you? How do you handle those not-so-ordinary days? How is your marriage affected – for better? or for worse?
I love ordinary days.
Days when the first thing I hear is the whirring of the coffee grinder as Tom brews a fresh pot of aromatic energy – just for him. He prefers his coffee strong and black.
Days when I steep hot tea in my favorite Starbucks mug – PG Tips to be exact – with a bit of sugar and cream; pure comfort in a cup!
From there Tom finds his place at the kitchen counter. I settle in on the sofa, and we commune with the Lord – reading His word, reading a book together and/or by journaling. There is a rhythm to our mornings that seems ordinary, but in reality they are far from it. The fact is that after 31 years [now 33] having found such a rhythm to our days is nothing short of a miracle. We enjoy being together as we seek the Lord. We enjoy communing with the Author of our faith…our love…our lives. Because He first loved us, we are learning to enjoy the security His love brings to us individually and as a couple.
We have learned that such ordinary days are what make life extraordinary.
Predictable, everyday routines are like foundations that support us on the days that are not so routine. God gives us Himself on the ordinary days so we might give of ourselves sacrificially to His will when things aren’t going as planned.
He is always there when our feet first touch the floor in the early morning light, and as we reach to turn off the lamp before kissing goodnight. He is the reason we have any days at all, the ordinary as well as the not-so-ordinary.
How do you spend your ordinary days?