Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

EXTRAORDINARY IN THE ORDINARY
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 by TRINA BRESSER MATOUS

 

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TRINA BRESSER MATOUS
 

TO

DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY

One day during the fall I sat watching the birds. As a fairly avid birder, birds in my backyard can easily capture my attention. On this day the flock of 50+ house sparrows caught my attention. As I watched the unusually large flock, I began to see other birds – chickadees, a white-breasted nuthatch, blue jays, dark-eyed juncos, cardinals, a house finch, and a downy woodpecker.

As I watched, I was reminded of a conversation I overheard several years ago. A resident in a neighboring community had a large and very impressive garden for which he had won a national award. I was visiting on one of the days when he opened the garden to the public. Another visitor asked why there weren’t any bird feeders in such a lovely garden. The owner noted he’d had some once, but all he ever saw were house sparrows who ate all the seed and left a mess in his garden.

In the years that have passed since I visited the garden, I’ve often thought about the owner's comment. Surely there were more birds than just sparrows. My own yard is much smaller, much less diverse in its plant species, yet in one day I had eight species. Over the course of my record keeping, I’ve had more than 60 different species in my yard at one time or another. It occurred to me that if I had not been paying attention to the common birds in my backyard, I would have missed those less common.

This is true of life in general. Rarely do we swoop into a situation, see something extraordinary and depart. Instead, we see a baby’s first steps, a magnificent sunrise, or an act of sacrificial love because we are present during the many ordinary moments. The extraordinary is so because we’ve seen and experienced the ordinary. We know the one because of knowing the other.

If life is about showing up, then my insight from the birds seems to be proof. When we show up, when we are present for the ordinary parts of life, we set ourselves up for the extraordinary experiences that are bound to occur.ABOUT Book Info:

ABOUT TRINA BRESSER MATOUS AND HER BIBLE STUDIES

The Christian Living Bible Study Series is designed to assist readers in their relationship with God, help them understand difficult passages, shed new light on familiar verses, and gain an appreciation for statements made within the confines of ancient cultural practices. Through these books, readers not only learn about the life and work of Jesus Christ, but also personally experience the love, grace, mercy, and redemption offered by the Father through the sacrifice of His Son. Learning more about the history and purpose of each verse will enable readers to grow in wisdom and knowledge.

Trina has a Masters of Arts in Christian Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary and is a passionate Bible teacher and writer. For over 20 years, she has shared Biblical truths in compelling and memorable ways as a Bible study leader and a member of the Restorative Prayer Team at her church. Her trip through Turkey visiting historic sites including Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Haran and Antioch, as well as two trips to Israel’s holy sites bring reality to Trina’s teaching and writing. Additionally, Trina is an avid birder, loves to cook, travel, work in her garden, and knit.

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