Friday, October 7, 2011

hold it up to the light

Today I'm joining in with the lovely Lisa-Jo from The Gypsy Mama for 5 Minute Friday. It's simple, really - write for just 5 minutes and then stop and publish. No editing, no overthinking. Just write. Easy peasy right?

I'm a rookie at this. I have a knack for over analyzing my words way too much before I hit publish. I think this is going to be good for me to let the words go and let them land where they land.

Today's prompt is ordinary.

Here we go.

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This afternoon I jogged in this Indian Summer heat.

I found myself looking up to admire the canopy of trees over the road. I even stopped a few times just to take in the sweet beauty of the sun shining through those leaves. Gorgeous.

Had it been a cloudy day, I probably would've just looked down at my feet, willing them to keep moving over the gravel. But today something so ordinary caught my attention and held it.

What else am I letting pass by without any admiration?

My days are filled with ordinary, yes. But what if I hold ordinary up to the light? What if I take the mundane and the average and the run-of-the-mill and hold it up to see the light of God's grace shining through?

The mud on the tile floor. Sud bubbles flying up from the sink. Playing the same game for the 100th time with my toddler. Laundry piled high. Grocery store runs. The patch of wild flowers in the neighbors yard. The table set for dinner.

When you press the unremarkable up against extraordinary grace, you then you realize there isn't much left that's ordinary at all.

A kaleidoscope is just a tube if you don't know what to do to see the bright colors and the stunning view. Same with the ordinary. Grasp it, hold it up high, and watch it catch the light. And admire the beauty because it's there. All the time.

Sometimes you just have to remember to look for it.


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7 comments:

  1. What a fun 5 minute Friday thing to do. See you in a week !!!!

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  2. Oh, Oh, Oh... I LOVE this idea and the analogy. Take it all--take the things that look so mundane and ordinary and hold them up to HIS LIGHT. And we see them differently. Beautifully written.

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  3. WOW!
    "When you press the unremarkable up against extraordinary grace, you then you realize there isn't much left that's ordinary at all."
    Thank you for inspiring me to stop and see the beauty, the extraordinary waiting to be discovered in that which might otherwise appear ordinary.
    His beauty, His love, His heartprints are everywhere...

    Loved this-
    ~Stacy

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  4. I'm thinking that maybe you really don't need to edit or overanalyze when you post because that post was perfect. In fact, I'm quite stunned by it because it is so true - nothing is ordinary when put up to His amazing grace. I'll be thinking about that for quite awhile now...

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  5. Have you read "ten thousand gifts"? If you haven't, you would really enjoy it, because that's what this book is all about! Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary and thanking God for it!

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  6. love this,
    "A kaleidoscope is just a tube if you don't know what to do to see the bright colors and the stunning view. Same with the ordinary. Grasp it, hold it up high, and watch it catch the light. And admire the beauty because it's there. All the time."

    you are good with only 5 minutes! keep it up :)

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  7. seriously, five minutes, no editing?! that's amazing stuff. so glad you shared.

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