Extraordinary in the Midst of the Ordinary
the Angel of the Lord appeared to
him in a flame of fire within a bush. As Moses looked, he saw that the bush was
on fire but was not consumed.
Moses thought: I must go over and look at this remarkable sight. Why isn’t the
bush burning up?
the Lord saw that he had gone over
to look, God called out to him from the bush, "Moses, Moses!”
I am,” he answered.—Exodus 3:2–4
Moses was going through the routine of his day when he noticed an ordinary
thing: a burning bush. Moses also noticed something extraordinary. Although the
bush was burning, it was not consumed. Moses turned aside to look more closely.
When the Lord saw Moses turning aside from the routine of his day, He spoke to
him. Everything God had been doing for forty years in Moses' life was
culminating in this moment. So much of God's redemptive plan waited for Moses to
notice the uncommon in the midst of the common.
There will be times when, immersed in the ordinary details of life, you may
be oblivious to the extraordinary that is right next to you. You can be in the
midst of a common moment, only this time the activity is filled with the
presence of God. There may be times when, in the middle of your harried day, you
notice something unusual. Your first reaction might be "I'm too tired to go
aside to investigate this!” or "I'm not going to disrupt my life for this.” Yet,
in that moment you may have the opportunity for a unique encounter with God.
God usually speaks out of the ordinary experiences of life. Often, it is not
while you are worshiping at church. Many of God's most profound and
history-changing encounters come during the ordinary experiences of life. When
you see the unusual in the midst of the mundane, don't continue business as
usual. It may be that God has ordained that moment to be a life-changing time
for you and those around you.—Experiencing God Day by Day