How The Ordinary Days Make Us Unshakeable In The Difficult Times
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Being married to a police officer definitely has its pros and cons. The most obvious downside is that his job could cost him his life.
People always ask me how I deal with knowing there’s that possibility of his life being taken. And it is a very real possibility, in which I have been reminded of after several dangerous calls he has responded to. Like a gunman at a nightclub who was shooting at another person approximately 20 feet from my husband, or the time a man was walking around an apartment complex with a shotgun and almost raised it towards Greg and the other responding officers.
His job can be in every sense of the word dangerous. While I try not to think or dwell on this fact when he is on duty, the threat and risks have taught us the beauty of an ordinary, “boring” day.
A day where his shift starts out at 5:30 a.m. and ends with him driving home at 5:30 p.m. is not only a good day, but a day we are thankful for the mundane.
And it has helped us not to take for granted the days in-between for better and for worse.
When I got married to my wonderful husband almost nine years ago, we made a vow that day in front of family and friends, to love each other for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health…for as long as we both shall live. But what’s not really said in those vows are the days in between for better and for worse. The ordinary days where routine and schedule are on repeat for weeks and months at a time. It can feel monotonous and maybe even insignificant.
It’s what can make couples feel distant from each other because there is nothing to celebrate over, or on the opposite end of the spectrum, a hardship that forces each person to rely on one another. Just like weddings or funerals draw family and friends together, so do extraordinary circumstances and events in a marriage such as having a baby or an unfortunate health diagnosis.
It’s easier to feel close to your spouse when situations naturally draw you to each other. But repetitive, ordinary days mean you each have to make an effort not to grow weary in doing well.
This doesn’t just apply to our marriages, but it can often happen with our relationship with God.
We have moments in a church service where the beautiful words in the worship songs lead us to tears and the sermon preached spoke right into a circumstance we were facing. You may feel so close to Jesus at that moment. And other times, you are praying and reading the Bible on a daily basis for weeks or months, but don’t see or experience anything remarkable. Your relationship feels ordinary instead of extraordinary.
But when Jesus came to earth, He didn’t go from miracle to miracle. He didn’t come to be the world’s best magician. He performed 37 miracles in his 33 years that he lived. His actual ministry was the last three years of his life. That means, He too had many ordinary days.
Days where the routine of waking up, praying, eating breakfast, working, eating lunch, working, eating dinner, bathing and going to sleep were on repeat. But that didn’t stop Him from doing what needed to be done and living life. The very fact that He didn’t come here and show off how many extraordinary wonders He could perform shows us the importance of the “ordinary.”
Our relational foundations are built on the ordinary days. The repetitive days of weeks, months, and years where we go to God in prayer, worship, and the Word build a strong foundation. So when trials come, (and they will), we won’t be shaken. This is why Jesus was able to withstand temptations, refrain from sin, and ultimately die for us.
So don’t miss the beauty of the ordinary, because you’re chasing the extraordinary. Ordinary days are building an extraordinarily strong foundation.
Be a woman that when for better comes, it’s sweeter; and when for worse comes, you’re unshakeable.
“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.’”
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Hi! I’m Erica Boop. (Yes that’s really my last name: Boop-like Betty Boop. And no, I will never name a daughter that.) I am married to my wonderful husband, Greg, and we have two beautiful children. I work as a part-time sonographer at a nonprofit pregnancy clinic where women receive life-affirming ultrasounds. I love being able to speak life into people whether they are patients of mine or a reader who comes across my posts.