Meaning in the ‘Monotonous’

“Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.” ( Anne Frank ~ June 20, 1942 )
The alarm goes off. I bury my face deeper into the pillow, wishing I hadn’t stayed up so late again… promising myself ‘I won’t do that tonight’… again. But then as the sun, slowly and steadily, begins to spill into the room, I become aware of the birds beckoning outside my window. I hear a praise song pouring out of the radio next to me. And I begin to feel it. Hope. Promise. A new day. With new beginnings. Like the breath of fresh air this time of year. Change. Difference. A new direction. A new tomorrow where ANYthing is possible!
I read my devotional. Spend some time in prayer, thanking Him for a new day. Another chance at redemption and renewal. And I voice the concerns that have been laid upon my heart.
By this time, doused with the Holy Spirit and completely inundated with worship music, I am ready to face the day. Totally geared up to see what He has in store for me to do!
Next thing I know (and I’m not quite sure why this still surprises me, on some level?) I’m back behind the counter at the Gift Shop where I’ve worked for the past 14 years. Asking myself “Wait… Wasn’t I supposed to do something big and wonderful for You today, Lord? How can I be back here? This certainly can’t be what You had in mind for me to do for Your glory? It’s too simple. Too mundane. Too…. ordinary??”
Then the Lord challenges me “Do you mean to say, that this ‘simple, mundane, ordinary’ life of yours is beneath Me? Too insignificant for Me to work in? Au contraire mon Chéri.” (Oh, yeah. My God can speak ALL the languages. And He even knows which ones I’ve retained.)   :-}
“I AM the One Who made man from dust… Dust! Took ‘ordinary’ water and turned it into wine! An ‘ordinary’ Jewish girl into the Queen of Persia! And you don’t think I can use your so-called ‘ordinary’ life?”
“A~hem. Yes, Sir. Well… when You put it that way… I suppose YOU might be able to do something with it.
Lord, in that case, please just help me to be obedient to what You’d have me do. Right here. Right now. This day. And every day.” 
“Now you’re talking. Let’s just see what we can accomplish together…”
Anne Frank kept a journal.
Mother Theresa wiped the mouths and held the hands of the ‘forgotten’, downtrodden and infirm.
Imagine what God can do with your ‘ordinary’ life to make it extraordinary, if only you place it in His hands!
“If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. Don’t wait for great opportunities. Seize common, everyday ones and make them great.” ~ Napoleon Hill
Published in: on October 7, 2009 at 11:22 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Anne Frank and Esther … great illustration, Jess! I can’t tell you how timely this is. I’ve been seeking the Lord for “purpose” in my life (an opportunity to use my gifts and passions for something more meaningful and eternal than promoting some second-rate university). In return, I was similarly convicted to “be faithful over little” and stay available for whatever else He brings. The trick is not seeing the “little” as “less.”

    Thanks for serving Him so well with your “diary.”

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