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A Not So Ordinary Day

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008

I’ve been reading alot of things in the Old Testament lately that I have, to my detriment, never read before. In these passages, God was in constant communication with His people. Take for instance what I’ve been reading about in much of Exodus. In Exodus 32:15&16 it says, “Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.”. Or in Exodus 33:7,9, and 11 where it says, “Now Moses used to make a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away calling it the ‘tent of meeting’. Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp…. As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses….. The Lord would speak with Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.”.WOW!

I have to admit that as I read this I was feeling a little envious. Yep, that’s right. The Green-Eyed Monster strikes again. I mean, how amazing would it be to be able to have the God of all creation speak to you face to face? And to be able to witness as God Himself wrote on the tablets the Ten Commandments. Those were extraordinary days!!!!!!!!!!

In comparison, my days seem so……normal. I got up, got ready for work, dropped the kids off, went to work, got out of work, picked the kids up, ran errands, got home, did laundry…. You get my drift. It is a day that seems like any other. The same routine, the same people, mostly the same places.

But then again, maybe this day is not so ordinary after all. After all, today just happens to be the anniversary some 50 some odd years ago when God decided that one of my relatives should breathe his first breath in this world. And he has survived prostate cancer (by God’s grace) to be able to see this day!! That doesn’t seem so ordinary, now does it? And then there was the grass outside that was just starting to look so pitifully brown because of the heat. Within the last 10 minutes, God gave that thirsty grass the drink that it was so desperately needing. (It looks more healthy already! :o) ). Then there’s my two beautiful children, who in spite of their constant bickering, remind me of God’s wonders in my life. I am reminded today of how God is continually shaping them to be His jars of clay. I hear little comments they make about their trust in God, and I thank Him that in spite of all that they’ve seen in their short lives, that God is so faithful to protect them and build their faith. And of course I can’t forget to mention the call I got, or voice message, from a friend who said that my family and I are being prayed for. I wish that I could remember her exact words, but I know that she knows my pain. And she made it very clear how much she hurts for me and for the kids. And I read what another friend wrote… that she wished that she although she doesn’t want me to hurt, more than anything she wants God’s will to be accomplished in my life. That is hope!!!!! Because I know there is nothing better than that God’s will would be done.

So, I would have to say that this is an extraordinary day. I may not be able to talk to God face to face. I may not be able to see Him in a pillar of cloud at the tent of meeting. I may not be able to see Him engrave the very words of the Ten Commandments on the tablets before my own eyes. But, I have witnessed Him at work in my life in so many different ways today. And every day. And as long as I have breath, with God as the center of my life, I will never have another ordinary day!

Thank you so much Lord, for the priveledge of getting to know You. Please help me to continue to see You at work in every moment of every day that You bless me with! AMEN!


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