Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts. (Psalm 21:13)
React: Jacob is dead. Joseph is dead. A new Pharaoh has come to power who isn’t a big fan of the Hebrew people. Slavery ensues. Four hundred years of oppression follows. Things aren’t looking very good for God’s chosen people.
Have you ever had a small cold or other minor sickness that seems to just stick around forever? When I get sick, I am miserable. The whole world seems to become a more dark, dreary place. I feel like everyone is against me. I just know it. Woe is me. Early in the morning when I first wake up, it seems even worse. It usually seems to come in the winter. I hate the cold. Right now I can look back at those times I have been sick and the childish way I feel as though I act, but when I am in the middle of it I don’t feel all that childish. I just feel like Jet Li has kicked me in the throat. When I read the end of Genesis and the beginning of Exodus it seams so clear that my problems might seem so small compared to the plight of Israel. They also seem so small compared to the injustice and plight of so many in our world today including many of my neighbors. As minor as they seem, these problems are my problems right in the moment and I could sure use a ray of sunshine in my life.
React: Jonathan Kozol became famous for his book Amazing Grace. It was a book that stepped into the bleak world of extreme poverty in urban America. He also wrote others like Death at an Early Age, Savage Inequalities and such. His works were very important, but also very depressing. Then he wrote Ordinary Resurrections. It takes place in the same area as Amazing Grace. It even looks into the lives of some of the same people. The difference is that Ordinary Resurrections reveals how the children, and others through their children, can continue live in hope even through the bleakest situations. I am not able to share so many examples of how I have seen the same rays of light shining through kids whose real life experiences beggar my petty problems.
Moses was born. In a time of darkness and suffering, God brought the means of deliverance to His people through a special little baby. Some day later there will be bigger miracles. Egypt will get their plagues. Israel will pass through the Red Sea. Freedom is coming. Today we see the ordinary resurrection of a baby drawn out of the water.
God is coming back. I will see my Savior face to face. There are great days coming. In the waiting, I need to remember that even my todays are chuck full of ordinary resurrections if I will only open my eyes. There are plenty of small things that can bring me hope in spite of my circumstances. Will I be able to stop and notice them? Will you?
Help me to recognize the potential in today. Help me to see You today in those little things. It is so easy to get caught up in my own pain. In my own troubles. Help me to find and relish in those small blessings you have sprinkled all around me throughout me day. Thank You for those ordinary resurrections.