I used to want to be part of everything. I used to want to do everything; I hated being bored. I didn’t want to be stuck in doing ‘mundane’ things, and then I had to recover. And that meant…. slowing down, doing less exercise, going less places, and focusing on something that I had neglected for years, my health. It taught me and is teaching me so much about contentment. 1 Timothy 6:6 has pretty much been the theme of my life for the past few years, ‘But godliness with contentment is great gain,’ as healing has been happening.
(I’m kind of fudging the rules a little bit for Meg’s Week in Review: I’m calling this sort of the ‘2 Year in Review’ because I’m feeling nostalgic.)
These past 2 years of being mostly at home, doing a calm job day by day, training dogs, not doing much traveling, and doing small things every days has taught me that I can enjoy God in the mundane. I don’t have to think that I have to go on a huge adventure or travel to another country in order to enjoy God’s goodness. I can enjoy God’s goodness in:
Bowls of Yogurt
Taking a Nap on the Couch
Watching the Trees Sway in the Wind
Listening to Podcasts or doing podcasts
Talking with my mom late into the night
Eating Food and Just Thinking
and I could share so many more seemingly ‘mundane’ or just not very ‘adventurous’ moments that have been incredible gifts from God in the past 2 years.
I’ve learned to appreciate God’s creatures and how they teach me patience and how patient God is with me. 2 Peter 3:9 says, ‘The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.’ It’s overwhelming to me that God is so patient with me, not wishing that my soul should perish, and that always helps me/stings me when I’m impatient with the dogs.
I’ve spent hours with these animals wondering at how energetic they are, wondering at how I can get so angry so quickly at them when they don’t understand or when they dash away from me, and they’ve helped me see how much I need Jesus Christ to keep me on the straight and narrow, cleanse me from my sin, and grow me in learning His patience for me so I can be patient with others and God’s creatures.
There is majesty in the mundane; you can see God’s majesty in the tiny fluffy hairs of huskies. You can get tastes of God’s majesty in the fuzzy peach hairs. You can see the beauty and majesty of God in the seemingly mundane scoop of peanut butter on your banana.
Look at all the perfectly parallel lines on that banana. Taste the sweetness paired with saltiness as it mixes with that PB.
There is majesty in the every day, because by God’s infinite, rich, deep grace I’m His child; there’s nothing that doesn’t have meaning. Each day is a gift from Him; each moment whether I feel embarrassed or sad or weak or full of laughter, joy, and triumph, is a reminder that though I am weak my God is strong and majestic in all His power and glory.
And His majesty doesn’t change whether I’m taking the dogs on a walk, learning to enjoy pizza again, or laughing so hard I can’t breathe.
My ED recovery forced me to stop, to stop racing all the time, to stop letting my head race through all the worries and anxiety around body image, exercise, and food. It forced me to sit down in the fluffy snow and think, ‘Wow, I’m sooo small in this big world, yet God, my God, cares for me just as one of His children, all because of Jesus.’
It’s really an awesome truth. And that’s what has made the mundane, majestic, joyful, even glorious.
Psalm 148:1-5, ‘Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.’
How have you learned to find the joy in the mundane?
How have you seen God’s majesty and glory in the seemingly ‘mundane?’
What has the ‘mundane’ taught you?