THE SPLENDOR OF THE MUNDANE

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are so thankful for the majesty of this world You have created. We ask that You would help us not to take it for granted, but receive it as a reminder of Your splendor. Amen

Scripture: O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers–the moon and the stars you set in place–what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Psalm 8:1-4 NLT

I was just driving down Main Street in my little hometown on the way to drop my daughter off to preschool before I go to work like I do everyday. However, as I was maneuvering my way down the same roads I’ve taken all my life, I realized how everything just seems so much more special when we look at it through the lens of God’s blessings.

Our town had just decorated for Christmas and my daughter was so excited about the Christmas decorations. She was convinced that her Elf on the Shelf had put them up around town the night before just for her to enjoy on her way to preschool. She even told one of her teachers that very “fact” when she got out of the van.

It struck me that we should look at all the things around us in exactly the same way, as if God created all this splendor just for us to enjoy in our everyday lives. Everything is much more remarkable when we remember that God does provide this world just for us. He paints sunrises every morning, covers the ground and roofs with frost, or “morning glitter” as my daughter calls it, and so much more just for us to enjoy.

My drive into work was full of wonder with that thought…all because the Holy Spirit prompted me to see God’s blessings in my normal, sometimes mundane commute through the lens of my creative little preschooler’s firm belief that her Elf on the Shelf decorated her town just for her. What a blessing that the Creator who has made such majesty for my morning commute truly exists and takes joy in my delight of His handiwork, and is not just an exhausted parent keeping a Christmas tradition alive for her daughter. This Christmas and always, let’s give God all the honor and credit He is due!

Copyright Morgan Preston. To connect with the author, email mpreston@christianeducators.org

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  1. What a wonderful reminder of the personal touches God bestows upon us! I love when the Holy Spirit speaks to us in these little small, seemingly mundane, ways. Our God is a personal God!

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