Posted by: glorifyhim1 | September 6, 2010

Miracles in the Mundane

Sometimes life can seem terribly mundane – work, eat, and sleep; work, eat, and sleep; over and over, day by day. Our repetitive routines and schedules – as well as our problems and worries – have a way of beating us down and leading us to feel that our lives have no purpose or meaning. But I am gradually beginning to realize that God accomplishes the miraculous in the common, everyday events of life that we often see as uneventful and mundane.

Consider just a few examples from Scripture where God accomplished the miraculous in the middle of the mundane. God blessed Abraham and Sarah with the birth of their son, Isaac, when Sarah was well past child-bearing age and Abraham was 100 years old. He made the Red Sea dry land, and performed many other signs and wonders so the Israelites could escape from Egypt. God delivered Daniel from the power of the lions when he was cast into the lions’ den.

These miracles occurred as men and women went about their everyday routines. Abraham and Sarah surely questioned God’s promises as they plodded on day after day – way past Sarah’s child-bearing years. The Israelites were tired and beaten down as they waited to be delivered from the Egyptian taskmasters. Daniel had no assurance that he would be delivered from the lions’ mouths. Yet he remained faithful to his God. They did not know when or how God might choose to act.

God also worked through the mundane in ways that were often less spectacular, but miraculous nonetheless. As David played his harp and watched his father’s sheep, he could never have dreamed how God would intervene in his life to make him king of Israel. In the New Testament, Paul and the early apostles probably did not realize how God intended to use their faithfulness to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Yet God worked to accomplish His purposes through the mundane activities of men and women as they went about their daily routines.

As I thought about these examples from Scripture, I was reminded of modern heroes of the faith such as Billy Graham, son of a dairy farmer, whose goal in life was to become a professional baseball player. Instead, with God’s hand on his life, he became a world-renowned evangelist, preaching the good news of Jesus Christ all over the world. I thought of individuals I know personally who have surrendered themselves to God and allowed Him to work in their lives to accomplish His purposes – countless miracles in the mundane.

So what does all this have to do with you and me?

  • While events and circumstances in our lives may seem mundane, no life that is committed and surrendered to God is mundane (common or ordinary). God paid the price for you and me when He sent His only Son to die on the cross to secure our pardon and give us eternal life. A life bought at such a price is of great value. “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).
  • God has a plan for every life. Even when we are knee deep in the mundane, He has a plan. We may not know the plan or even understand the direction He is taking us, but God knows the way and He will work things out – often in miraculous ways. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • Even when we don’t understand, God asks that we remain faithful and obedient. We do not know how God might choose to use what we consider a mundane activity to advance His kingdom. “’Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you’” (Jeremiah 7:23).


Recently, my family went out to eat at a local restaurant. We bowed our heads and thanked God for our food as we usually do. Later, the waiter brought us our bill and told my husband, “Before you all even bowed your heads, I could tell you were Christians by the way you were acting.” I was both thankful and humbled. I was thankful that we had not done anything to detract from our witness and humbled by how God could speak to someone else through our body language, conversation, etc. I feel that even something this simple is miraculous in the mundane. God’s Spirit can move in ways we can never fathom. All He asks is that we be faithful. He will take care of the rest.

So as we go about our mundane activities this week, let’s remember that God can move and act in every situation in which we find ourselves. And it is often in the mundane that God’s miracles shine the brightest! Remember Mary, the young virgin, engaged to Joseph, who suddenly found herself with child – God’s child – Jesus, our Savior? The greatest miracle of all in the midst of the mundane!


  1. Mom, I know that I am tremendously blessed to have the family that I have. Thank you for teaching us how to live a life pursuing God’s will…not only verbally but by how you and Dad live out your lives. Love you!

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