Middle Ordinary

By: Dennis Bates

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118, verse 24.


The Hebrew people were big at rejoicing when things went right for them. This Psalm was written at a high moment when they felt good about themselves and the way things were going. Those same people, however, were also ready to mourn and feel sorry for themselves when things were not as rosy. Sack cloth and ashes are referred to often in the Old Testament.


We really aren’t all that different today. We have our highs and our lows, willing ourselves to be happy when things are good and ready to feel sad when they aren’t. How many of us at one time or another has said in one form or another, “Why me, God? Why did this have to happen to me?” Only God knows the answers to those questions. Maybe we are supposed to learn something from our trials; maybe we are supposed to trust that God is in charge and accept what he has given us. Who knows, besides him?


Much has been written about dealing with both the high times and the low times. However, when it comes right down to it, most of our time is spent in the middle, when we are neither high nor low. Yet, we spend very little time talking or reading about how we deal with life in the ordinary, life in the middle. We should spend more time thinking about it because in the last analysis it is what we do in the middle that makes it possible for us to cope with the highs and the lows that come our way. Life in the ordinary prepares us for those times we need something extra, a bit of comfort, or a way to share our joy.


That’s when the quote from the Psalm above becomes the most important. It says this day, the one we are living in when we read this, no matter which day it is…today is a day that the Lord has made, and we should rejoice in that and that alone. God makes the days that are full of joy, and he makes those that are full of sorrow, but he also makes those in the middle, and He makes them the most. When you think about it, we couldn’t take living on the peaks all the time or in the valleys. That’s why most of our days are middle ordinary.


But don’t confuse ordinary with meaningless or unimportant because God made this day, and that alone makes it special since He allows us to live in it. So, be thankful, rejoice and be glad in this day and every day, even if they are middle oridinary, because God made them all and gave them to us.





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