When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land! Romans 6:3 MSG
When you think of a sacred place where you can meet with God what picture comes to mind? Is it a church? A special place in the wilderness? What about your kitchen table? Or the grocery line?
Author Dallas Willard once said that the place where we grow spiritually and as people “is in our real life, where we dwell with God and our neighbours…First we must accept the circumstances we constantly find ourselves in as the place of God’s kingdom and blessing. God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are.”
The new life into which we are baptized is lived out in days, hours, and minutes. Monday thru Sunday, God is forming us into a new people. And the place of that formation is in the small moments of each day.
Tish Warren Harrison – in her book Liturgy of the Ordinary writes “We tend to want a Christian life with the dull bits cut out.”
Too often, we fall into the trap of believing that God only shows up in the big, exciting, the important – that to get God’s attention – we too must do something big! But the country of grace we now all live in – this new life that we now possess – happens in the ordinary moments of everyday. Paul’s reminder of this is our baptism. We were not baptised with something magical it was just ordinary ubiquitous water put to work by the power of God’s Spirit, just like you and I.
You do not have to travel to some sacred mountaintop or perform some special work to encounter God’s presence. The truth is that the most sacred space may just be the kitchen table where you are up late at night sipping coffee and praying (more on that in an upcoming sermon).
Harrison continues: “God made us to spend our days in rest, work, and play, taking care of our bodies, our families, our neighborhoods, our homes. What if all these boring parts matter to God? What if days passed in ways that feel small and insignificant to us are weighty with meaning and part of the abundant life that God has for us?”
The ordinary everyday life is where we have been saved by God and love and serve others. The life in front of you is where God will meet you. In joys and struggles, sickness and health, excitement and boredom.
So, this week, try and be present to these moments that pass by. How might God be meeting you in the ordinariness of everyday?