Simply Extra Ordinary

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A contribution to Rachel Olsen’s Devotion Carnival: Simple pleasures.

This morning I am grateful for the breath in my lungs and the beat of my heart. Over the weekend my husband drove a friend over 600kms to identify the body of his wife and baby – 2 of 22 who died in a horrible road accident in the early hours of Saturday morning. Life is so wonderful, but so fragile. Death is unnatural and so unpredictable. So this morning I am grateful for life and for a new day.

The simple pleasures in life are the ordinary everyday things: the ability to enjoy a cup of tea in the morning with a spouse, gratitude for food in the fridge, electricity in the metre and a TV that works (even if it occasionally explodes – but that’s for another post). How often do I miss out on the pleasure of ordinary life because I am seeking the spectacular and exciting? I live in one of the beautiful places in the world but often I rush out to work and forget to look around me. I purposely took photos yesterday so I can post them today to testify to God’s wonderful creation.

Too often we seek the extraordinary things in life whilst failing to see and enjoy God’s hand in the extra ordinary. God is not just in the miracles and healings; his sustaining hand is in the breath in our lungs, the fact that gravity is working today and that the sun rose:

Colossians 1:16-17 For by him (Jesus) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Not only is God the creator but He is the one who holds everything together and keeps it going.

Psalms 74:16-17 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.  17 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.

Today I am taking pleasure in the mundane ordinariness of this extra ordinary day and choosing to notice the finger prints of my Heavenly Father throughout the whole day.

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20 thoughts on “Simply Extra Ordinary

  1. Beautiful, Tracey. I especially like your line about missing the simple ordinary pleasures because you’re seeking the spectacular. When we run from “high” to “high” anything less can look like a low – yet there are so many blessings in those times we miss, or overlook, or disdain.

    Thanks for writing this ~ Rachel

  2. Great post on really the need to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. I love your last line in particular. It’s a gift to be able to choose to notice God’s “finger prints” in each and every day.

    In Christ,
    Caroline

  3. Hi Tracey,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend’s wife and baby. It is hard to think of pleasures after that, but I will lift them up in prayer. I too will be looking closer for God’s fingerprints today…sometimes it takes tragedy to really open our eyes.
    Writing for Him,
    Debbie

  4. Tracey, what a terrible tragedy. Praying for your friend. You are right on we miss the ordinary blessings for our striving after the extraordinary. Thank you for that reminder!!

  5. So sorry for the loss of friends. How much more do we count our blessings when we hear of others grief. God Bless you all. Your words are beautiful and inspiring. Keep writing and keep sharing.

  6. Lovely, Tracey. I especially love ‘taking pleasure in the mundane ordinariness of this extra ordinary day and choosing to notice the finger prints of my Heavenly Father’. My prayer, too – though so often I WANT to notice the God’s hand at work in my life, but the busyness of life causes me to forget… that sounds like another blog carnival post!

  7. Thank you for sharing your post on Rachel’s Devotion Carnival. I love your statement “How often do I miss out on the pleasure of ordinary life because I am seeking the spectacular and exciting?” I will be looking for God’s fingerprints in my day.

    Have a blessed day,
    Mary

  8. Thank you for this precious testimony to God’s pervasive LOVE. Yes, acknowledging His presence and provision turns any mundane day into an extra ordinary one!
    That verse from Colossians has always been a favorite of mine…”in him all things hold together.”
    I’ve long felt that JESUS is even the gravity that holds us onto the earth! =)
    Blessings~

  9. Robin

    I enjoyed this blog. Why can’t I remember to stop for a second and look at the beauty around me. I need to read this daily. Don’t know what I am in an all fired hurry to get to work. :).
    Thank you~
    Robin

  10. How sobering! Thanks for sharing this with us all!

    I love this quote, “How often do I miss out on the pleasure of ordinary life because I am seeking the spectacular and exciting?”

    I’ll be thinking on this all day!

    Happy iFellowship Day!

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