Are you experiencing God in the mundane? Often the times that are most exhilarating for us are moments where we encounter God the way we expect Him. Even in my own life, I have been guilty of celebrating God’s goodness in receiving a new client, receiving a promotion, receiving an accolade for a job well done or in anything that seems tangibly affirming that God is with me. If you are honest, you’ve been there too or maybe now. As I wrote this blog and sat saying “God I don’t feel there is anything to write about,” He showed me differently.
We have been taught to celebrate the “spectacular” but don’t know how to celebrate the unimpressive. We don’t tend to thank God for breath in our lungs or suitable housing. We don’t rejoice that we have an employer to go to, even if it’s not our “dream job.” We don’t find peace in knowing we are protected by our loving God in ways we do not realize. We instead find a reason to gripe and grumble because we find the daily blessings we receive without fail as mundane. Complaining is an indication that daily miracles have been minimized to mundane occurrences. We feel “entitled” that we should receive and then some.
The Children of Israel are my favorite individuals not because they were always the most outstanding. They just demonstrated the spectrum of human behaviors. They were excited when God did “big things” and found a reason to complain when they grew dull to the miraculous ways God moved for them daily. The Children of Israel found freedom from Egypt, a miraculous feat in itself. In their journey, they missed the significance of God at work in their daily lives and began to lament about what they had left versus all that God had ahead of them. In Numbers 11: 4-6 we experience their thinking:
The riffraff among the people had a craving and soon they had the People of Israel whining, “Why can’t we have meat? We ate fish in Egypt—and got it free!—to say nothing of the cucumbers and melons, the leeks and onions and garlic. But nothing tastes good out here; all we get is manna, manna, manna”(MSG).
This would be the equivalent of us saying, “God, thanks for the food but we used to eat so much better before you came into the picture!” Ouch. Can you hear the sound of ingratitude? Manana is sometimes referred to as “angel food” because it was a delicacy God created to address their hunger as they were making their way to the Promised Land.
Before you become a critic, ask yourself “Have I been guilty of complaining in moments when God continues to provide for me daily?” The things we take for granted or “expect” we should have are indeed blessings to be grateful for because there are those who do not have the things we are complaining about. I am going to challenge you to see the mundane as “miracles.” God is doing something exciting every day. You just have to open your eyes and shift your perspective from mundane to miracles.
Questions of the Week:
Do you see the things you receive daily as mundane or miracles?
How do you need to shift your perspective to be grateful?