I love ordinary days.
Days filled with the calm rhythm of routine and predictability.
Days that hum with a familiar sound and a regular beat.
Because it’s on simple, ordinary days
that every once in a while
the extraordinary happens.
Years ago it was on an ordinary day
that my girls and I drove up to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
October smells filled with air and we walked the winding trails
enjoying the crunch of the leaves under our feet
watching for bear
or anything else that moved.
Laughing together time.
A pleasant break from our life down in the valley.
suddenly as we reluctantly prepared to leave
I decided to check if perhaps
there might be one room still available for the night.
Yes, I was told. Just one.
So with giggles and grins we rode over to the cabin
What we saw when we opened the door
was completely unexpected.
A lovely furnished room
with a porch where we could sit and rock in big wooden rocking chairs
with a spectacular view of the valley below.
It was an experience that was covered with God’s fingerprints.
I’ll never forget that evening as we sat together
watching the sun set.
The sky growing more colorful by the seconds.
The lights down in the valley slowly growing visible.
Twinkling little lights scattered all over
I strained to see the very last bit of the sun before it hid itself beneath the horizon
longing to hold on to the moment.
When it gets the darkest
you can see the lights.
All around us we see the darkness.
Continued problems, disease, death, destruction, disasters.
But keep looking,
let your eyes adjust to the changing light
and you will notice little lights glowing here and there.
Lights that remind us that we are never alone.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father Which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
An ordinary day
led to an extraordinary experience that encourages me today.
Let’s not be overwhelmed by the darkness
but uplifted by the lights.
May our hearts not become discouraged by the darkness
but filled with hope as we watch the lights.