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May 01, 2021 08:00am
Trusting in the Extraordinary AND Ordinary
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Certainly we’ve all heard that God is our Redeemer. We know Christ came to save us. We know He paid it all. And we know we will never be the same.

This is the basis of Christianity.

But do we understand the depths of this redemptive power? Do we grab hold of it like a rock climber nearing the top of a mountain harness-free? Do we grip on to the name “Redeemer” as if our life depended on it?

Lately, my son has been on a personal quest to disobey. It seems that every instruction from me is an opportunity to flex his “my way” muscle, sending my frustration levels sky high as I try to balance grace with a stern face. This road can be so hard to walk. 

Many days, I aim to step up in courage, only to end up feeling discouraged. I aim to act my best, but act like someone I detest.

Difficult moments mount on difficult moments. And what seem like meaningless small encounters add up to a huge hurting heart. 

If I actually acknowledged my heart condition, I would run to God to ask for help. But I don’t. I don’t because I feel like a burden. I don’t because I don’t want to bother God with what I call “the mundane things” of my daily life. I don’t because I feel I should be able to handle this on my own.

This isn’t a big thing. It’s not saving people, it’s not serving, it’s not giving. In my mind, I say, “It’s not much.”

We all have “not much” moments, don’t we?

People who get under our skin. Traffic. A person who judges. Kids that don’t “get it.” Work issues. Financial concerns. A quick retort from our spouse. Delays. Mishaps. Issues. Things we know are small, but tend to grow big in our minds.

These “not much” things end up impacting our hearts very much.

Somehow, we think God doesn’t care about little molehills. Like they aren’t part of His great plan. We feel guilty that we can’t handle them. We try to clear room for God so He can manage the big things—as if He were our boss.

But let me tell you something: Molehill problems, left unaddressed, have a way of turning into mountains that tower over us. Mountains that leave us cowering below the height of the issue before us. 

In my life God has broken huge chains, unhinged high walls, recovered stolen goods, bought me with a price, and fulfilled His promises to me.

He has shown up as Redeemer in a big way. He has transformed me and saved me from myself. He has taken a girl who was hopeless and made her hopeful. I’m so humbled by this redemption.

But this gets me to wondering . . .

Why do I gravitate toward trusting Him in the extraordinary yet forget Him in the ordinary?

Because the fact of the matter is that God doesn’t change. He remains the same. He is who He is. He is the great I AM.  

He is not the great “I AM, sometimes”, or the great “I AM in big things.”

“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’” (Revelation 1:8 NIV)

In all things. In all ways. At all times. Forever. God IS a Redeemer.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)

The real problem is not with God’s redemption, but with my perception.

Because He stands ready to redeem the seemingly inconsequential, the nondescript, the everyday ordinary passing moments—and He stands ready all the time.

You see, He hasn’t just redeemed us for eternity; God has redeemed us in life’s normalcy.

He hasn’t just redeemed us from huge issues; God has redeemed us in today’s issues.

He hasn’t just redeemed us from torment; God has redeemed us for the moment.

What does this mean?  

This means God is continually redeeming. Always renewing. Constantly helping. Consistently overcoming. 

We can let go of our anxieties, our control, and our mounting worries because God is in the process of redeeming us! Thank you, Jesus our Redeemer.

Just turn to Him. Turn. Jesus will help us to change, grow, and get past the small obstacles that stand before us. He will equip us to climb any molehill better than we could ever attempt to do.

“The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.” (Psalm 34:22 NIV)

His greatest work is not only done in the big things, but in the midst of a day’s ordinary struggles. This is where life happens—and this is where God is—the great I AM.

In our worst moments, in our tense moments, in our “we want to cry” moments, we are wise to remember—Jesus has ALREADY redeemed these moments.

The question is: Will we choose to believe this and let God save the day?

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