God used unremarkable things: Moses’ hand, the wind, the cloud, to bring about the remarkable movement from bondage and entrapment to safety and freedom for the Hebrew people.
The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. – Exodus 14:19-22
God is always using the ordinary to bring about extraordinary change.
Jesus, himself, was an ordinary and divine man. He told parables, simple stories of ordinary, every-day life and objects, and used them to show deep and eternal truths.
God is still doing things like that. God can touch and heal, in a sudden, miraculous act and God still chooses to do it that way sometimes. More often, though, God chooses to use ordinary gifts to restore us – a skilled surgeon, an understanding counselor, maybe just a good night’s sleep or a solid meal to bring us back to health.
Christ can take your life of faith, lived out in the commonplace, and lead you to become a means of freedom, grace, courage, justice for those about you.
That is what God is doing today. God is leading us out. Ordinary people. With ordinary items to do ordinary things to be an act of great caring. In a world that is weary with warring, and differences, and disagreements, in a country that is pained and broken, in a time when we scarcely know how to speak to one another our distrust is so deep, we go – where the light of God leads us. To be a quiet witness to love. To be a persistent testimony to justice. To offer ordinary gifts of caring.
And in doing so, we leave the muck behind and lead others into the new place to which God calls us all.