The Narrative of Grand Things and Ordinary Moments
Tomorrow morning I will pack up my suitcase and board a plane with my husband and another woman for Washington DC. If you don't mind, I'd like to tell you what we will be doing. Actually, let me back up even further. In addition to writing this nifty little blog, I also am a director for an anti-trafficking organization called UnBound. Titles aside, I am a stay-at-home mom and my life as a writer and abolitionist are just my side hustle.
Why am I going to Washington? On Friday we have meetings with several members of Congress to talk to them about our "Your No Is Her Hope" campaign. Later that day I will meet with delegates from almost every African country to educate them on human trafficking and UnBound's work. Saturday my co-worker and I will be training DC public school counselors on human trafficking and how to spot it in their schools.
Sounds so impressive, doesn't it?
Want to know a secret? It isn't impressive. My life is just an ordinary life made up of ordinary days. Emails sent with typos, dinner flavored with too much salt, hours spent in preschool pickup lines and numerous trips to the grocery store. It is just a normal life.
This narrative that God writes within our stories is nothing incredible when broken down day-by-day. We don't notice the small secrets that are woven into our errands, phone calls and family dinners. And yet when I tell you what I am going to be doing this weekend, I realize that something beautiful is happening in belly of my very normal stay-at-home mom life. The hours spend chatting with my kids in my minivan are deceptive.
In the middle of my seemingly uneventful days, my story is being written.
Grand acts never seem grand in the moment. They are simply hidden in the events of ordinary days. ---> click to tweet.
I am beginning to learn the gift of average days. On their own they seem unimpressive and boringly simple. And yet, our lives are lived in one long succession of individual days. When we look back at their sequence we can see our destiny unfolding...
Perhaps your life seems like mine. Routine and average. Spilled coffee, dishes, bank statements, and unreturned phone calls. Let me encourage you. Don't toss aside your ordinary days for within them lies your story.
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