Visions of God: Day Six
how to thrive in the ordinary (enoch)
READ: Genesis 5:24
My everyday life is pretty routine. I never jet off to exotic places or even travel downtown for a job. I spend most of my days in my home, raising my children, cleaning carpets, and walking on sticky floors. I used to rush through life, planning and doing. Even our adoption was planned. Then one day I was forced to slow down. My life came to a sudden snail’s pace as my plans went out the window. I was suddenly handed a new blueprint for life. I found that I was no longer looking and planning; I was just surviving one day at a time.
Enoch’s story teaches us about walking one day at a time. Even though walking is so ordinary, don’t get discouraged. I understand that the deepest part of your heart just wants this hard place to be over. I ask you to walk through whatever circumstance you are facing one day at a time with me. You aren’t alone and you are made to be exceptional, right here.
Enoch lived an extraordinary life but in many ways it was ordinary. Every day he walked with God. What did that look like? I can’t tell you practically what Enoch did - but I can tell you he probably did two things.
He spoke to God.
He learned about God.
Those two things allowed Enoch to get a vision of God is his ordinary day. We too can speak to God (prayer) and learn about God (the Bible). One of my favorite quotes is this one:
It does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours in every day as a saint – to go through drudgery as a disciple, to live an ordinary, unobserved, ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. It is inbred of us that we have to do exceptional things for God; but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people.” - Oswald Chambers
Living a glorious ordinary life means learning how to be exceptional for God in our ordinary days. Enoch slowly walked through life, just like us. God has called us to walk one day at a time. And as we walk, He provides.
We do not want to walk; we want to run. Run fast. Run ahead. We don’t want to wait on paperwork. Or deadlines. Or signatures. We do not want to wait for approvals or court dates. We don’t want to wait on treatments or test results. We do not wait for children to come home. We want to run ahead to the future.
Walking involves His presence. When your life is not rushed but relaxed, you can see more of God’s presence in your life. You will see Him in the small things. In the details. The times He walks before you, making the path clear. The Lord is God, and He is near. We need only look for Him. As we’ve discovered, He is found right here, in the pages of Scripture.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
What am I struggling with today?
How can I see God in the normal, ordinary life I’m living right now?
What can I do to “walk with God” today?
Lord God, I know you see me here in the ordinary life. Help me to live a faithful life - seeking to see a vision of You through the pages of scripture and through prayer. Amen.