The prompt for this week is…
“Be satisfied with ordinary days under the divine dispensing.”
This was a saying that one teacher at a Bible school I attended used to say a lot. I believe for many of us, our lives are just a series of ordinary days, days when nothing too exciting or worthy of note happens. At least this is my case. Days marked by no special joy or grief or strife; days filled with quiet duties, trivial care. Days when the most exciting thing that happened is the fact that your son ran over a mouse with his tricycle. Of course some days on our calendar will be specially marked – birthdays, vacations, important life events – but if all the days of our month were filled with such special events, I think we would be exhausted.
Spiritually speaking, most of our days are ordinary as well. Maybe we would long for God to do miraculous things in our lives, and I’m not saying He doesn’t. There are definitely days in my life when God gave me extraordinary experiences of Him that confirmed and strengthened my faith. But I think if God gave us those experiences on a daily basis, we wouldn’t be able to take it. It would be like trying to drink by putting your mouth under Niagara Falls.
Instead, God dispenses Himself to us little by little and day by day in the midst of our ordinary circumstances. In the course of our day while we’re picking up kids, deciding what to make for dinner, dishes, laundry, we can pray small prayers. These drop by drop experiences of grace eventually add up to something mighty extraordinary. They add up to more of God in our being.
The most exciting thing on my agenda today is that I will bring ice cream cones to CC’s preschool class to celebrate the fact that he will turn four in two days. Other than that it will be a pretty ordinary Friday. But I’m okay with ordinary, as long as I remain under the divine dispensing.