Talk about a time when God took something ordinary in your life and made it extraordinary.
My Story and the Bible Story
I confess that I have a favorite Christmas story. I love Luke’s story of Christmas. This is the Christmas story that my family read every Christmas Eve. It’s the one that I can almost recite by heart. I love Luke’s story because he focuses on the ordinary. It’s an ordinary day that becomes extraordinary. These are ordinary lives transformed into extraordinary lives by the birth of a child.
Read Luke 2:1-20.
Mary and Joseph must go to Bethlehem to register for the census. They ride into the town on a donkey, but then there’s no room for them. There’s no such thing as hotel reservations and there’s no more room. They go out to the stable to rest, and there a miracle happens. The best thing to happen to the world comes into it quietly and is placed in a manger, a trough from which animals eat their hay. Then, who finds out about Jesus’ birth first? Not a king or a ruler but lowly shepherds, tending their flocks. The angels appear before these shepherds, scaring them out of their ordinary night. After the angels leave, the shepherds run to find Jesus. They believed the angels, and they dropped everything to see this miracle.
Jesus breaks into the ordinary and turns it into something extraordinary. How often does God do that for us? We live our lives in the ordinary. We go to school, we go to work. We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We spend a lot of our day in the car, going from activity to activity. But sometimes something amazing happens. God breaks into the ordinary of our lives to do something extraordinary. We meet someone who changes our lives. Our children are born. We find a place to belong. Whatever it is, God has a knack for taking the ordinary and making something extraordinary. How might God be taking an ordinary day in your life and making it extraordinary?
Discussion and Prayer
1. Ask your family to talk about ordinary things in their lives that God has made extraordinary.
2. Ask your family to talk about people/events in their lives who/that God has used to change them.
3. How might God be turning something ordinary into something extraordinary in your life?
4. Pray, thanking God for taking an ordinary day and using it to change the course of history. Ask for help in seeing how God is working.
Rev. Jessica Asbell is the Minister to Children and Families at First Baptist Roswell, where she has been serving since 2012. She has written the children’s curriculum for Smyth & Helwys’s Annual Bible Study for the books of Daniel; Ezekiel; Luke; Jonah; 1 Corinthians; 1, 2, 3 John and Jude; Colossians; The Story of Israel’s Ancestors: Living toward a Promise; and Where Faith & Family Meet: A Book of Weekly Devotions. She has also written for CBF’s Spark and Form and for Affect in CBF’s fellowship! magazine. Married to Jonathan Oravec, Jessica reads every chance she gets.