By Ellen Ceely
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, Year A, Third Sunday after Easter)
I love reading Scripture and seeing how God has revealed himself to the world. From Genesis to Revelation, from first light to final victory, it’s easy to point at verses and see how the Almighty Creator of the universe made himself known to his people in extraordinary events.
What I find difficult is recognizing how God is working in my everyday life. Perhaps part of the problem is that I see my life as ordinary, and I fail to see God’s actions and heart within the ordinary. My everyday movements don’t feel special: I wake up, eat breakfast, fix my lunch, go to work, come home, eat dinner, and go to sleep. The events of the day are routine and predictable.
But I often think that God’s work in my life should look extraordinary. I want his work to be jaw-dropping—something that stops me in my tracks. While there are moments of amazing actions on God’s part, those aren’t the only ways he works in my life.
As this week’s Collect says, I need God to open the eyes of my faith. Jesus made himself known to his disciples in both ordinary and extraordinary events. He healed the sick and calmed the storms—but he also worked as a carpenter, walked on dusty roads, and broke bread with his disciples. Why then do I think that God does not work through the ordinary moments of my day? My eyes of faith are closed—or if they’re open, they’re looking the wrong way.
As we continue to celebrate the Easter season, my hope is that we will see God working in our lives in the most mundane ways. The resurrection was the most extraordinary event in history—and it changed all our ordinary events. Nothing the believer does is ordinary, for we can do everything in thankfulness to the God who saved us. “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" (Colossians 3:17). This week, may our eyes of faith be opened to see, reflect, and glorify God’s glory in our ordinary, everyday lives.
How have you seen God at work in your life recently? How have you been drawing near to him through his Word? Each day this week, spend some time journaling moments of everyday thankfulness and faith. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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