In my one and only photography class in college (to fill an elective spot with something fun!), I heard more than once, “true artistry is creating something extraordinary from something quite ordinary." . . .
I had to smile as I listened to Christie Purifoy and Mary Jo Baker say basically the same thing in their “Out of the Ordinary” podcast this week. How sweet to realize that little moments which could easily be overlooked, and may even grow tiresome on some levels, can become treasured glimpses of extraordinary in our very routine, ordinary days. They asked us, as their listeners, to ponder where unexpected EXTRAORDINARY might be found in our own day to day? [what a gift to see His hand creating amazing GRACE out of the ordinary in their lives... and begin to recognize His touch in our own!] . . .
When I pause to think about it, two things come to mind ... one from my own childhood home and one small but lingering thing my kids have kept alive, even though they are now big kids starting to contemplate life decisions like cars and colleges and part-time jobs! . . .
My little piece of extraordinary gives away where I was raised ... Pennsylvania! As far back as I can remember, my mom has placed little electric candles in each of the windows of our home. They are set on timers to come on at dusk and stay on until we are all deeply asleep, sometime after midnight. . . .
I hold treasured memories of climbing into bed each night, hearing the house settle to a lovely quiet, seeing and feeling the soft glow of those little candles, cast across our darkened rooms. Even now, when I travel home for a visit, I fight sleep as long as possible, soaking in that glow. The word that comes to mind is “surrounded." In that safe and happy place, loved and provided for by those who know and love me best.
(… for the rest of the story, go to coverofHisPresence.com/out-of-the-ordinary) . . .