I read this quote from Henry Gariepy (of Salvation Army) the other day: "God still draws near to us in the ordinary, commonplace, everyday experiences and places... He comes in surprising ways."
I love the heart of this quote because it is SO true! God absolutely draws near to us in the ordinary and commonplace. Truly, if it were not for that, where would He meet us? As the years go by I am drawn to this concept more and more. When we're younger it seems that "hilltop" experiences such as time at a youth rally or retreat are the focus, desire, and hope of our spiritual lives. But as we get older, there is a shifting of focus, of perspective, and perhaps just a smidge more wisdom.
I have gotten to the point where each day, as I go about the "menial" tasks of daily life, I focus on seeing the Lord in them and I strive to do them for His glory. As a result, I find that I enjoy these tasks more and more. Can doing the dishes be pleasurable? I am going to say yes, it can. What about washing the windows? Laundry? Vacuuming? Mopping? I am again going to say yes. Rather than looking at "chores" as an inconvenience and something to get out of the way, I have started seeing them as a blessing, a time to slow down, and reflect.
While washing clothes or vacuuming, I am given time to dwell on the gracious gift given in being able to work with my hands (see Proverbs 31:13-31). As I wash windows, I reflect on the fact that the Lord has washed me clean from all my sin and the stains that once barred me from His throne. When preparing dinner, I am reminded to thank God for His provision. In making it, I am given an opportunity to use the creativity He has placed within me. When I do each of these things as unto the Lord, I know He is pleased with them and then I become pleased with them, too.
In the ordinary, the extraordinary can often take place. The mundane is transformed into the spiritual. Chores become sanctified, and the false dichotomy of sacred and secular vanishes until all that is left is the sacred, a meeting place with God.