I sometimes stand amazed and in awe of WHO GOD IS.
Do you ever just ponder? Ponder at the wonders of God?
Are you wonderstruck by Him?
When I think of what ordinary is in my human mind and then think about who God is and how He works out His divine plan, He is everything BUT ordinary. When we think of someone being “out of the ordinary,” they may do something that goes against the grain, against what culture says is normal, and we may even consider them…look out…as weird.
I am thankful that God has made my life and the life of so many others, weird.
How about you?
I think we all live “out of the ordinary” lives as Christians. Why? Because we serve an “out of the ordinary” God. Then why are we so shocked when God does something that isn’t ordinary? Think back on the events of your life. What has God done that isn’t considered “normal”? When you start telling someone your testimony or about a situation or event, what is their response? Do I think God goes for the “wow” factor out of pride? No, but do I think that God wows us to draw us closer to Him and make Himself known in this dark world? You bet.
I think about my heart. Can I fully explain why God spared my life, when statistics said otherwise? I think about the struggles Dan and I have had to bear our own children. We prayed that God would provide a miracle and allow us to have our own children. God miraculously answered our prayers through a gestational carrier. Let me tell you, I can say that that opportunity was out of the ordinary, from an “out of the ordinary” God. For God to create in Brenda, a desire to carry someone else’s child(ren) and then to CREATE life, and have those babies with us for 3 weeks in the womb, is out of the ordinary. Dan and I sometimes think about how crazy that whole process was. How so many intricate processes had to happen and how God had to orchestrate everything just right, so that it could even happen.
I look at Christ’s genealogy. That line of heritage is everything BUT ordinary! Have you taken the time to read through it? Wow. God knew how He would have to act and how He was going to prove Himself to be sovereign, through that line of Christ. Christ’s birth in itself is everything but ordinary! A virgin? Not married? In a stable? Wow. Think about the miracles in the Bible. Think about the miracles we see today. Sometimes we may think that God does not act in the same ways or as “grand” as He did in the Bible. I beg to differ. I think God acts in such miraculous ways that we fail to even comprehend what He is doing because He wows us so often. Okay, maybe we haven’t seen Lazarus himself come back to life. But how many people are miraculously healed everyday? How many stories have you read about, when people see a glimpse of heaven? How many times have you seen someone nearly get in an accident? Nearly get a limb cut off? Nearly die?
I don’t know about you, I personally think we serve an “out of the ordinary” God. What glimpses has He given you? In what ways has God been out of the ordinary in your life?
There is so much comfort in knowing that God acts in ways that aren’t normal because surely if God acted in the capacity of how my mind thought, we would not have two children in heaven. Everyday, we are thankful for the gift of Brenda and her family, the gift of two lives, the gift of being parents. It brings joy to our hearts to think that God would choose to act this way in our lives. It brings u,s with humble hearts, to our knees, knowing we are purely instruments in His Kingdom.
What story do you have to tell of our “out of the ordinary” God? Don’t keep it silent.
God is everything BUT.