“The discovery of God lies in the daily and the ordinary, not in the spectacular and heroic. If we cannot find God in the routines of home and shop, then we will not find Him at all.” Richard Foster
“And when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ And Simon answered and said, ‘Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but at Your bidding I will let down the nets.’ And when they had done this, their nets began to break…When Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’ For amazement had seized him.” Luke 5:5-6 & 8
Over the Labor Day weekend I read some of my journals from the early years of our marriage and family. Wow, what a different life that seems with toddlers and babies, schedules and spankings, bibs and diapers. Today, with half of our boys out of the home, and the other half teens with plans of their own, driver’s permits and girlfriends, deep voices and facial breakouts, the challenges and joys of daily life take on a whole different hue and tone. Throughout all the years, though, one thing I have found to be true, Jesus enters in to the grind, the nine-to-five, the days of toddlers and teens and says to us, “Let down your nets for a catch!!”
The God of the universe is the Mighty Maker of the Matter of Fact, the Christ of the Customary, the Only One over the Ordinary, the Son of God who uses the Simple, the Eternal of the Everyday…Jesus came and used bread and wine, water and wells, children and chores to amaze us in the common. He did not ignore the boat, the tackle, the oars, the nets, or the fishermen; He took them and by His power He proved that a whole night of the fisherman’s efforts without Him amounted to “nothing,” but with Him, the nets would break with the fullness of fish, the bounty of blessing.
The overflowing blessings of Jesus are right there, at your kitchen sink, the changing table, your desk, in the van, on the field, in the conversation with your troubled teen, at the sickbed, in the laundry room and behind the lawn mower. Don’t miss it. Don’t reason it out and say, “but we worked hard all night….” Don’t ignore the intimacy with the Infinite in the routine. Right there, where you are, He is there. By the grace of God as you walk along the dusty road of the daily and set out on sea of the simple, “let out your nets” and let amazement seize you. Marvel at the Magnificent in the Mundane.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Cor. 9:8
A great little book on this concept is, The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. You can order it here: