The start of the new year always seems to bring about a certain kind of talk…who will we be, what will we become, where will we go, what will life look like on the other side of this year; and truthfully I love it. I love the resolutions and the chance to be better, even if it does only last for 1-2 weeks at best, but lately I’ve been thinking about the life I left behind. The one we all supposedly said goodbye to in 2016. The days, weeks, and months that led up to a final countdown. I’ve been thinking about that life because I feel as though it passed me by too quickly. Did I miss the beauty of the present moment as I waited for the next big thing?
I’ve thought a lot about Jesus’ first recorded miracle lately- the water turning into wine. Although I’ve always loved that story, a different part of it has stuck out to me recently. I feel as though we are quick to forget that Jesus was a wedding guest. Before the miracle was performed, before they witnessed His power, before the water was ever transformed into wine, Jesus was a party guest; and I believe this story reveals a deeper truth about life here on this earth.
Although Jesus was simultaneously God and man, He lived into the life He had been given on earth. He ate in community and prayed with others. He taught in the synagogue yet He also attended school. He called along His disciples and took time be alone. Perhaps Jesus teaches us more about the art of daily living than we care to realize. I’m quick to dive into the miraculous stories- the healing of lepers, the recovery of sight, the lame walking again and it’s all magnificent but I can’t help but wonder if I often miss the profound nature of the ordinary in the midst of focusing on the grand.
Do we forget to observe the way Jesus often was found in the home of another, the way He looked His beloved in the eyes, the way He wept over the loss of a friend? Do we lose sight of the day to day in search for our miracles? I am reminded that Jesus invites us into an abundant life, but abundant does not always mean flashy and out of the ordinary, often times abundance is found in the big and small ways He shows Himself to us in our everyday life.
The life that we’ve been gifted is slowly unfurling each and every day- from the walks and drives to our destinations, to the weekday coffee dates, to the 8 am lectures…it can all be a chance to witness God’s good grace. 2018 will undoubtedly come and with its beginning I hope we feel the weight of God’s intricate ways of goodness in our day to day life. This life is too short to always wait for something flashy to catch our eyes, and perhaps when we slow down long enough to observe it for all that it is, we begin to find that Gods ordinary always turns into something extraordinary.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” // Ecclesiastes 3:11-13