The Extraordinary Ordinary Life

 Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting is now available! For the next few weeks I have invited the members of my “street team”  to share their stories and reflections on the book, the topic of waiting, and Advent. 


Recently, I have been shown a touch of my smallness. I am not the big deal I would choose to be. I am not rich or well-known. Try though I might, I am not at the top of my field. Few have chosen me.

For Day 10 of Come, Lord Jesus, Kris Camealy writes, “…somewhere in our hearts, resides the desire to be chosen by God for something special, something amazing.”

Me and my stripped-down heart gazed at that line with longing because it’s true. I desire to be chosen by God for something special, but I am just so ordinary. My contributions? Ordinary, too. But Kris writes, “for those who fear Him, His mercy will stand, from generation, to generation (Luke 1:50). In other words, God has already chosen and will continue to choose us, again and again.”

Each of us is chosen. Yet glimpses of significance, whether temporal or eternal, are rare, and I for one start to wonder, Where is this amazingness to which God called me? I thought I was special, chosen. I thought this would look different.


The quotes above come from a passage about Mary, and I have to wonder if she sometimes felt like I do.
She was as special as it comes, chosen by God to bare His son, but scandal surrounded the pregnancy. She almost lost Joseph over it. I’ve heard she likely did lose him to something at some point before the crucifixion. And she watched this miracle Son die a horrible death. This is how being chosen for something amazing looks, God?

Yes, because all of this is a precursor to the resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus, the resurrection of those who fear Him. What of my ordinary life? Is this also what it looks like to be chosen by God for something amazing?

In the Day 15 reflection, Kris writes, “In Advent as we wait, we need not wonder if He will pick us. He has already chosen us, through the blessing of Mary, and the blood of His Son. We don’t know what this choosing will mean for our lives, where this honor will take us, but we can accept the title, favored, and live faithfully into all that entails.”

Into the dangerous or unconventional and into seasons of waiting, as Kris points out, and also, for many of us much of the time, into the ordinary. Because whatever else he has chosen us for, the Creator of this beautiful earth, of each person we love, of each detail we can taste or touch or hear or see or smell—and many we can’t—this Creator and Savior has chosen us for an everlasting relationship with Himself.

Carrying this truth with us into our everyday lives, we can be assured: we and our lives are anything but ordinary.



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Emily Conrad is a Christian novelist who lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two rescue dogs. She loves Jesus and enjoys road trips to the mountains. You can find her blog and a free short story at

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