Do you ever spend so much time dreaming about the future that you forget to focus on the present? To be joyful in what you have and where you are, while yet maintaining an expectant hope for what’s to come?
It has often seemed like I’ve waited for the next change in my life. To drive, to go to college, get married, get a job, have babies, stay home with those babies and now go do mission work. I’m learning to be content right where I am, which right now happens to be in Africa. But I can still find myself dreaming about our future home we will build when we move back to Ohio and what my days might look like there, and some days wishing we were there. I can find myself looking at my phone again, wondering when it will finally be nap time, or bedtime, or whatever time it will be quiet. I can find myself comparing my own not so Pinterest or Instagram perfect days to those of others that looks a lot prettier, joyful and bright. I can find myself waiting for that next big thing to happen and not be quite content in the place my journey has brought me.
But what happens when we continually look towards the future and forget about being present right where we are? We miss all the goodness and love and promise of that wonderful or hard or extraordinary, ordinary moments. By looking too far ahead and not being content where we are, we rob ourselves of the joy of THIS moment. The importance of THIS moment is another building block in all the wonderful, or hard, or extraordinary, ordinary moments.
Some days we just want to get past a certain moment, a certain time, experience, or hardship. We want to breeze on through and jump forward to happier, more easily joy counted days. But the hard days , and the days that are difficult to count joy, and the days that seem down right impossible to count joy, can be some of the most meaningful and faith building days of our lives. Times when the Lord is growing us. Times when the Lord is strengthening us. Times when the Lord is using us to bring complete glory to Him and allow us to boast in our weaknesses.
Some days we just want more. We want more recognition, more love, more meaning, and maybe even more stuff. We focus on our discontent of that moment instead of the joy of the moment. Instead of holding up that discontent and offering it up to our Father, we take it on ourselves to figure out how we can not be quite so discontent anymore, and in the process make an idol out of whatever that earthly thing may be.
And because Ann Voskamp always says it better than any one I know…
“The extra everyone’s looking for —- it’s found in the ordinary. The ordinary becomes the extraordinary when the eyes see the extra glory right here.” Ann Voskamp
Amen and thank you, and Amen again!
So here’s to the ordinary days. The wonderful, and hard, and extraordinary, ordinary days.