07 October 2009

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


Brad and Shana said...

Truly wonderful post Jess....thanks for the reminder.... I knew I liked blogs for a reason! Glad you're back! Now, if I could follow suit..

Jess said...

Thanks, Shana!
Yeah, I'm trying to get back into it more again. I've missed it. I've been back into keeping up with everyone else's blogs- just got to get more diligent w/ mine.

jodi said...

A few years back when I was in the midst of diapers and bottles, I wondered about my mundane life as well. Who was I reaching for Christ? I could barely keep in touch with my friends??? Then someone reminded me that my season of life demanded I reach my kids for Christ. All that they see me do and the way in which I do it are reflections of Him to them. I may not be the one reaching thousands, but one of my kids could be. Who knows???

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

Hi there!

Just stopped by to say hello. Saw you over at Highway 41. I happened to bookmark his site quite awhile ago, thanks to you.

Hope all is well. Are you feeling better?

Sending you a big California HUG!

The Hill Family said...


This is powerful. Do you mind if I post on my page in reference to you? I know MANY people that need to hear this...including myself. Thank you for writing it..


Jess said...

You are more than welcome to use anything on my blog at any time. I'm just proud that you'd want to!