All the way down to the ground

“Yet a God-box is still a God-box, no matter where you position it in your faith. Limiting our view of Him to the stupendous is not really any different from limiting our view of Him to the monotonous. He doesn’t exist only in the stratosphere of extravagant need. His ability comes all the way down to the ground, to the places we live on regular weekdays while working, playing, eating, and engaging in ordinary realities.”–Priscilla Shirer

His ability comes all the way down to the ground…

I think this is the part I’ve had a hard time recalling lately.  This is the part of the faith journey that makes an ordinary day anything but ordinary when I choose to actively observe or actively participate in it. This is the part where my spiritual eyes have the opportunity to tap into the holiness of every single moment.

It’s not just a walk to the mailbox.  It’s not just a drive to work. It’s not just a rainy Sunday morning. It’s not just a trip to the post office. It’s not just another load of laundry. It’s not just a morning car rider line at school. It’s not just dinner with the family.

All of the justs are opportunities to catch glimpses of His glory working in and through a moment of time.

And, sometimes, I feel like my heart shows up late to these moments. Or, in some cases, I have this weird hindsight feeling that a particular moment was almost close enough to touch but I zagged when I should have zigged.

I love the apostle Paul’s encouragement  to believers in Ephesians about being unified in Christ. And that, in him, we are are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.

 “My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. ” Ephesians 3:14-19 Message 

I love the reminder in this passage that it’s where our feet are planted that will matter most on whether we are able to “take in the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.”  This is where any adjustments need to begin when we seem to be missing the moments all around us of God’s love bending down all the way to the ground.

Am I firmly planted on love today?

When our feet are firmly planted on love, when we make a choice to live, move, and breathe from this point, we begin to see how beauty can grow up in some of the most surprising places. When we start from a place of love, the mundane becomes extraordinary and full of holy treasures…gifts that won’t fit in a box but gifts that can forever transform a heart.

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