If you haven’t noticed, I have taken a little break from writing. It’s been a while since I have written anything. The Lord has done SO MUCH in my heart since my last post. A lot of growth has happened and I am so thankful for the trials and pain.
I have sat down many times in front of my computer to write, but all I did was watch that little blinking line blink. I just could not put any of my thoughts into words. It was kind of a weird feeling because I normally have something to write about. Four months ago I started a post and named it “finding Jesus in the ordinary” and that’s all that I wrote. This post has been sitting in my drafts for four months unfinished with just the title. It kinda makes sense now why I didn’t ever finish it. Little did I know, four months ago was just the beginning of me learning how to find Jesus in the ordinary. These past four months that title has been a theme for me. It’s something The Father is sweetly and patiently showing me how to do. He has opened my eyes to so many new things and it’s seriously changing how I live my day to day life.
So, finding Jesus in the ordinary. It’s so easy to find Jesus in the big moments of your life where you feel the presence of God. But in the mundane? It can be a challenge. The life of Haley is the definition of mundane right now. Each day of each week looks about the same. As a nanny I have the same routine and schedule five days out of the week, every Sunday looks about the same, and Saturdays are different every now and then. But six out of the seven days look a lot alike. Some people like routine, but it kinda drives me bananas sometimes.
The Father is showing me though that He is in those mundane moments. He is in the moments when I am driving to work, washing dishes, playing with the kids I keep or standing in line at Walmart. He is SO present in every moment, it’s just our choice whether we embrace His presence or not.
I feel like we so often limit God without even knowing it. For a long time, I think I kept God in my little “quiet time box.” I would have a time where I would sit down to read, journal, and pray. And don’t get me wrong, that is a great and much-needed thing, but as soon as that Bible shut, the lid went on that box and I wasn’t living with an awareness of his presence throughout the day. And that’s where I went wrong. I kinda did my own thing. The next day I would have that time with Him again and then just go throughout the next 24 hours until I would open up the word again. Let me just tell ya, this doesn’t work! And wow, we miss out on so much when we put God in a box and don’t try to live moment by moment His presence throughout the day. There is so much freedom when we walk through each day with an awareness of his presence. When our minds are set on Him, our perspective on life changes and we see things in a totally different light. We also see opportunities we didn’t before to be a light for Him. I know I have.
I think finding Jesus in the ordinary and living in His presence looks different for each of us. This post isn’t meant to give you a three-step guide on how to do those things, it’s just to encourage you to ask Jesus to show you himself in the ordinary, whatever “ordinary” looks like for you, and that he will show you what it means to walk with him moment by moment each day. I’ve prayed that a lot this year, and man, Jesus has changed my whole perspective on life. When I wake up on those routine days I don’t have to dread them, but instead, I can rejoice because it’s another day I get to live in His presence and be His. I can be excited because it’s another day to look for how He is working around me and step in and be apart of what He is doing in my now. RIGHT NOW in your ordinary Jesus is working all around you. He is! Pray for eyes to see, and believe me, he will show you.
I really think the enemy uses the future, and our past, to keep us from experiencing Jesus to the fullest and to keep us from seeing how he is working around us right now where we are. We are always looking forward to the next big thing or we are stuck in our past. And I think sometimes we feel we can’t be as close to God or experience him to the fullest because of our past, or until we get to that next “big thing.”
Here lately I have been struggling with believing the lie that I can’t experience God to the fullest until I get to the next big thing in my life. My next “big thing” is moving to Minnesota in August to start school at Bethany Global University. (if you are interested in missions you should totally check it out!) This college is so great and Jesus is so evident in everything there. The student community, the staff, their mission, their goals. I know without a doubt that The Lord is calling me there and that gets me excited because I know he is going to show and teach me so much!! But, it’s not August yet. I’m not in Minnesota, I’m still in Mississippi. The cool thing is though, I get to experience the same Jesus RIGHT NOW that I will experience at Bethany. I get to experience the same Jesus RIGHT NOW that I did in Haiti. And I get to experience the same Jesus RIGHT NOW that I did the past two summers working at camps, even though I’m not there this summer. He is using my right now to get me ready for what is ahead.
The mundane can be boring and drive you bananas sometimes, but there is purpose and meaning in our right now even if it doesn’t feel like it. You are where you are for a reason and the Father is using this season of life to grow you and prepare your heart for the days ahead just like he is doing me! “At each moment, God uses our mundane, earthly experiences to train and equip us for something greater, to center our thoughts on the eternal, and to be active participants in his outpouring of love and grace. Living God’s great adventure is not a matter of location or vocation, but rather, a continual process of heart and mind transformation.” Also, just remember how much of a gift your right now is. They always say the present is called the present because of the gift it truly is. The future is so exciting though and it’s totally ok to be excited and praise Jesus for it! Man, I do every day! Don’t lose sight of the future and what is to come, but also enjoy and live and love in the moment where God has you right now. No matter how mundane it may seem.
So yeah, that’s just what’s been on my heart lately and what God has been teaching me. I’m praying that you will find joy and Jesus in the ordinary and become more aware of His presence each and every day.
much love- Haley Nicole