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When Normal is Unfamiliar

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I know you can’t see me while reading this post, but if you’ve watched my monthly videos or followed me on Instagram, you know I’m not in my twenties, thirties, or even forties. Since I’m celebrating a birthday this month, I’ll break the most sacred rule of womanhood and tell you my age. Shhhh! I’ll be 59-years-old! Somehow, typing those words makes my “normal” seem very unfamiliar. I’m as old as the LA Dodgers! Whoa!

Our expectations of normal living may vary, but we create them. Maybe they came from the movies, our parents, or social media. Regardless, normal isn’t’ static, it changes. Single people get married, married people have children, children grow up, our culture changes, technology changes, friends move away, and in my case, we get older.

No, I’m not having a midlife crisis. I’m excited about living God’s adventures, but don’t we often despair when “normal” becomes a memory. When we hold on to our perceived normal, we potentially miss God’s blessings in the midst of change. When normal is unfamiliar, we need to pursue an extraordinary life because God is with us!

God isn’t Normal

God is far from normal. He’s extraordinary! He’s omnipotent and omniscient. Moreover, He dwells with us! Consider Joseph’s life. Joseph was Jacob’s favored son. Unfortunately, that brought sibling rivalry to a new level. His half brothers hated him. They planned to kill him, but instead, settled for human trafficking. They sold him to some travelers who were headed to Egypt. Joseph’s life continued to have unfortunate twists and turns, but scripture tells us, “The Lord was with Joseph,” (Genesis 39:2).

As a slave, “The Lord was with Joseph,” (Genesis 39:3).

As a prisoner, “The Lord was with Joseph,” (Genesis 39:21)

The Lord gave Joseph success regardless of circumstances. The Lord gave Joseph favor in unfavorable conditions. The Lord showed Joseph his faithful love.

Joseph became ruler of Egypt, second to Pharaoh. Joseph reunited with his family and saved them from a devastating famine. Joseph’s brothers meant evil, but they couldn’t compromise God’s plan. God transformed their hearts, and they became the twelve tribes of Israel.

Wrestling with the Truth

This world is full of evil, but God can use anything for good. Evil will never compromise God’s plans, but I forget. I sometimes question God’s plans when I hear about human trafficking. I doubt God when I see people become prisoners of their desires. I question God when my prayers remain unanswered. I forget that my prayers are nearsighted, and God’s answers are farsighted. There’s a Kingdom world, a Kingdom vision, and a Kingdom plan that won’t be compromised.

That’s when I argue with myself.

Who am I to question God’s sovereignty?

Who am I to question His Kingdom purpose?

Who am I to doubt his goodness?

Who am I to doubt His direction?

The unknown isn’t threatening when we remember God is with us.

Pursue an Extraordinary Life

Our desire for normal is often our fear seeking familiar circumstances because the unknown is scary–but God is with us.

What would happen if we became more aware of His presence? What would happen if we prayed for a very un-normal day infused with God’s love to make a radical difference in this world? What would happen if we pursued an extraordinary life? Then, when normal is unfamiliar we can say,

…nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 8:38-39).

When we internalize God’s love, our environment is scented by his goodness like a sweet fragrance. Our background, circumstance, or age can’t circumvent His plans because God is with us.

Blessings!

Marisa Shadrick

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  1. First of all Marisa the truth about the age, you are just a baby 59. Life doesn’t begin until 60. Now I do agree with you about the normal seeming abnormal at times true, and let us not forget that time makes it a fact that we need to seize the urgency of the moment. We must see in every moment an opportunity to do God’s will for our lives. Keep on being all you can be for Him.

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