2013-09: Faith in the Valley of the Mundane
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“The sun comes up and the sun goes down, then does it again, and again—the same old round. The wind blows south, the wind blows north. Around and around and around it blows, blowing this way, then that—the whirling, erratic wind. All the rivers flow into the sea, but the sea never fills up. The rivers keep flowing to the same old place, and then start all over and do it again. Everything’s boring, utterly boring— no one can find any meaning in it. Boring to the eye, boring to the ear. What was will be again, what happened will happen again. There’s nothing new on this earth. Year after year it’s the same old thing.” Ecclesiastes 1:5-9

Mundane. Ordinary. Normal. Do these words excite you? 

I was reflecting on these words a month ago while penning a new song. This line: “Faithfulness is found in the valley of the mundane” floated into my spirit as I continued to meditate and write.

We’re a funny people vacillating between wanting something ‘cool’,‘awesome’, and exciting to experience, yet also yearning for time to ‘chill’,‘relax’ and craving even a bit of boring thrown in when life gets far too full for our liking.

It’s easy to believe, to have faith and expectation when you can see things happening and moving forward, when there are exciting elements occurring in our lives. It’s when things become monotonous and mundane that the true test of faith happens.

When Scriptures fly right off the page and penetrate your soul, when the rhema voice of God is clear, crisp and continuous, walking the path of faith and faithfulness is easier. However, when desert periods last for long, long segments of time, when Scripture reading is dry and crunchy and nothing seems to stick, when the still small voice of God, just seems still and silent - how then does our spiritual energy and expectation rate?

We modern-day Christians (and especially we Christians in the west) can easily be caught up in a perpetual event mentality: looking for the next big meeting where the presence of God potentially can be eclipsed and confused with bright, flashing lights, atmospheric video and music. We look for the next spiritual high, the next motivational speaker, the next humorous anecdote to titillate our senses and emotions. But faithfulness is tested in the valley of the mundane.

In the valley of the mundane, does our belief in the relevance of God ebb? In the valley of the mundane, does our passion for His purpose become absorbed and watered down? In the valley of the mundane, we have the opportunity to experience God in the ordinary - the Extraordinary in the midst of the ordinary.

We are not a people who are meant to live life blithely traipsing from one mountain top experience to another. We are a people who are called to “love the Lord, our God and serve Him only” on mountain tops, throughbone-crushing battles, mouth-parching deserts, and in lush, verdant valleys. And in the everyday normal and ordinary.

When we study the great heroes and heroines of our faith, we discover that there was a LOT of mundane, normal, ordinary days that led up to and then which came after, an extraordinary God encounter. 

God is in the mundane. God is in the ordinary. May we have eyes to see Him. May we have eyes to see it - that which He is about in the ordinary. And may our faith and faithfulness grow in the valley of the mundane. 

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