Thus, it was declared: you have celebrated enough – now you shall observe ordinary time. With the arrival of Trinity Sunday last week, the church’s year now moves to a period called ordinary time. This has led me to ponder what does it mean to be ordinary?
On first inspection the word ordinary leads me to place of boredom, to apathy and something without flavour or excitement. If I were to talk of an ordinary biscuit maybe Rich Tea would be on the agenda.
Yet as I reflect on our collective story both as Bramhall Parish Church and more widely as being a Christian, I struggle to use that definition of ordinary. Life at Bramhall certainly isn’t any old boring normal. Come to think of it, life as a Christian isn’t the same old boring ordinary.
The ordinary of God evokes in me bible passages such as:
Psalm 139:14 – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 16:11 – You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
2 Corinthians 2:14 – But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.
The ordinary for the follower of Jesus, is to spend time seeing God in the every day. To be reminded of him in the flowers that bud, in the daily cycle of life, and to adventure deeper into the daily occurrences to discover where God is quietly calling our names from.
We are called to walk the ordinary life with endurance and expectation which makes the season of ordinary much more like extraordinary because we are given the opportunity to discover more of who Jesus is.
In this Ordinary Time, take time to discover your daily rhythm, to find God in it, and maybe a little more often, allow him to beat the drum for the rhythm of your life.