spirituality

Finding God in the Ordinary

Life has been a bit ordinary lately. Graduate school. Work. Sleep. Rare social life. I finally have a week off of work, and I was hoping to write some fantastic post about a patient story, or some great insights I’ve been having praying over Luke 11:11-13, or even tackling one of the 80 (yes 8-0) drafts I have.

But guys, I’m just tired.

I have to write a collective 30 pages for school, so my brain is more thinking about healthcare in the Netherlands than anything else. I have been visiting people more than spending time by myself and being able to spend the several hours it takes to really dive into a post. I gave a presentation on community at a local Catholic group, and that took up a lot of my research and relaxation time.

I’ve been comforted by a quote from Walter Ciszek in He Leadth Me

“The kingdom of God will grow upon earth, will be brought to fulfillment, in the same way it was established: by the daily and seemingly hidden lives of those who do always the will of the Father.”

– Walter Ciszek, He Leadth Me

I may not be aware of it, but I trust that God is using my ordinary life to produce good.

Last Easter, my nephew Sweet Pea was old enough to look for eggs. He had about two left when my sister started to give him hints as to where to look. “Go get Grandma a plate,” she said, knowing we hid an egg on top of the plates.

“I don’t want to get Grandma a plate,” he quipped back. “I want to find my egg.”

Again, she cajoled, “Go get Grandma a plate, Sweet Pea.”

“I don’t want to,” he said, frustrated.

They went back and forth for a while. My sister let him do as he pleased. Sweet Pea tried to find his egg on his own and failed. It was not until Sweet Pea did as my sister suggested that he found his Easter egg.

In the same way, I think God places gifts in our daily lives that are hidden from us unless we seek Him. What gifts are hidden in our work? What gifts are hidden in our homes? What gifts are hidden in our lives that we pass by every day?

As St. Francis de Sales wrote in Introduction to the Devout Life:

“My child, the King of Glory does not reward his servants according to the dignity of their office, but according to the humility and love with which they have exercised it. While Saul was seeking his father’s donkeys, he found the kingdom of Israel; Rebecca watering Abraham’s camels became his son’s wife; Ruth gleaning after Boaz’s reapers and lying down at his feet, was raised up to become his bride.”

– St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

So, I don’t have much to say, except that I am seeking to find the good already present in my ordinary life. I hope you take the chance to do so as well today.

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