With a sigh, she summed up her feelings in two words: “Typical Monday!”
I flinched when I heard it, and the phrase kept playing in my brain: “Typical Monday!” A strange sadness came over me as I realized how often I’ve also mistakenly deemed days—the precious time we are given by God to walk this planet—as “typical.”
Since I’m a word person, I looked up typical and my suspicions were confirmed: commonplace, natural, average, expected, ordinary, regular.
How could a day--a gift from God--be described using any of those words when we know these truths?
- God has good works planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
- God is working in our days to bring about good (Romans 8:28).
- God gives us access to resurrection power (Ephesians 1:19, 20).
- God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all we ask, hope, or imagine by His power at work in us (Ephesians 3:20).
- God sent Jesus to give us abundant life (John 10:10).
My sister, Judy, recognizes the extraordinary in her days, even as she is walking through a long and extremely challenging season with her husband who has advancing dementia. Many of her days have a "sameness," and I'm sure there's more stress and discouragement than I know. Yet when I talked to her recently she was grateful that Carroll had a good day when his youngest great-grandchild and family visited. She counted it as a gift because the next day he was unable to eat and the day after he could barely rouse from sleep.
“God gives us gifts," she said. "It just amazes me sometimes, the little gifts we get.”
Teach us to number our days
and recognize how few they are;
help us to spend them as we should. Psalm 90:12 (TLB)