The Ordinary and the Extraordinary

from Lynda Lindsey

The angel to Zechariah: “Do not be afraid…your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” Luke 1:13 

The angel Gabriel to Mary: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” Luke 1:30-31

The angel to Joseph: “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21

The ordinary and the extraordinary. The mundane alongside the momentous. The earthly and the spiritual. When God breaks into our ordinary, commonplace lives, nothing is the same. Just as colors take on various hues under different light, things take on new meaning when divinity intrudes on the ordinary…and shake-ups result! Consider Elizabeth and Zechariah; old, long past child bearing age, yet pregnant with a son destined to be great before the Lord God. Mary, pregnant and unmarried, knowing she is a virgin, no matter if others believe her story. 

Joseph, making the long journey to register for the census, with his betrothed and very pregnant Mary, knowing he is not the baby’s father, no matter if others believe his story. Jesus, the Son of God, born in obscurity, laid in a rough manger, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind, no matter if others believe His story or not. John, a wild-looking man surviving on locusts and honey in the wilderness, a proclaimed prophet of God Most High, crying out for repentance, no matter if others believe his story. 

Multitudes of angels appear to smelly shepherds on the hillside, announcing Messiah’s birth; the shepherds go straight away to see, not even stopping to clean up! On and on, the Good News of the Gospel spreads. Simeon, Anna, the Wise Men, the ordinary, the extraordinary, people throughout history are invited to have ears to hear and respond. Some wonder, some express astonishment, some ponder and marvel, some ponder and plot, some glorify and praise God. Jesus’ story is true. Divinity intruded on the ordinary; nothing is the same! Won’t you believe His story and follow Him?