It Christmas! Stores are busy decorating, luring buyers into the store hoping that this year’s bottom line will be better than last. Churches are busy practicing plays, cantatas and other events, seeking to get the message of Christ to an increasingly secular world.
We too are busy planning parties, developing schedules, buying presents and cooking holiday goodies. And we really don’t mind. We are used to the hustle and bustle of life. As a matter of fact we are trained to be busy to achieve, to produce to use every waking moment in the industry of making things or getting results.
But how about the ordinary, the back page events, those things that are not out front, in the headlines or making the news scroll on the bottom of our television screens? We often look for God, or inspiration in the big things in life. We fail to see Him working in the small things. We fail to understand that all of life walking, talking, eating, reading, etc. is a part of the training process of God to produce in us the very character of Christ.
For instance, we pass a flower bed. It is colorful, and its beauty causes us to pause and gaze in wonder at it. We revel in it color and declare how it brightens our day Yet we forget that before the flowers there was dirt; every day dirt. And there was weeds and grass and often times dirt that needed to be conditioned to bring for flowers. We forget the drudgery of turning the soil, pulling the weeds, defining the boundaries of the flower bed.
And yet, all of this is necessary to produce a beautiful array of flowers. In the same manner, all of life is necessary for God to produce in us the Christian character that He so desires. The little things, the ordinary, every day things of life work together to produce in us the character that honor our Creator and lifts the spirits of those around us.
This makes all of life exciting. It produces in us an expectation of knowing that every day things, routine things are not outside the purview of God and are being used of Him to develop us into the creation that will bring forth praise to His holy name.