An Extra-Ordinary Night

“Today your Savior was born in David’s town. He is Christ, the Lord.” —Luke 2:11

The night that Jesus was born was an ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And if it were not for a God who loves to stick an extra on the front of ordinary, the night would have passed just like any other. The sheep would have been forgotten, and the shepherds would have slept the night away.

But God loves to add His “extra” to the most ordinary of things.

So on that night, the black sky exploded with brightness. One minute the shepherds were sound asleep; the next they were rubbing their eyes and staring into the face of an angel.

The night was no longer ordinary.

The angel came in the night because that is when lights are best seen and most needed. God shows Himself to us in our darkest times and in the most ordinary of things for the same reason. Because that is when He is most needed and best seen. He’s easy to find—just look for the “extra” in the ordinary.

Growing in Grace

God is easy to find this time of year. See Him in twinkling lights and hear Him in the “Hallelujah Chorus.” But God is also in the ordinary, the everyday. He’s in the perfection of each snowflake and the whistling winter wind. When you learn to see God in the ordinary, no day is ever truly ordinary again.

From Grace for the MomentTM: 365 Devotions for Kids. ©2012 by Max Lucado. Published by Tommy Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Love Max Lucado, I am reading an older one of his right now it is “When God Whispers Your Name.” i am an older person in my writing infancy, and he has been one of my roll models, he captures my attention and I hang on each written word, he speaks to with you not at you. The writing above is intriguing and truth in the written word. My hero, a blessed author, Max Lucado. I Invite you to read my Christmas story “Jake, and the Line,” and “Beautiful Isn’t He?” at http://rbriddle-blog.blogspot.com Merry Christmas All.