Today, I saw a picture that filled my heart with so much joy. My husband, Stephen, is across the globe visiting our (Lord willing) soon to be daughter, Gracious. He sent a picture of the two of them riding in a van. Stephen is looking down at her while she sleeps peacefully in his arms.
This is no ordinary photograph to me. I see the beauty of God’s story for our family in this picture. I see the love God put in my husband for a girl not his own. I see God’s glory.
But what is equally striking to me about this picture is the backdrop of this glimpse of his glory. This moment captured on camera, where God’s unexpected and wonderful plan of weaving our story together with this young girl from Uganda’s story, takes place in an ordinary van. It’s an old van going down a regular road in northern Uganda. Countless people have ridden in that same van where this miraculous moment took place just hours ago. People travel this same road all the time.
And yet…this morning in this van and on this road…the miraculous intersected with the ordinary. I wonder, how often does the miraculous bump up against the ordinary and I miss it? Do I look for glimpses of his glory in my ordinary story?
He’s given us our story to make his story known. And his story is spectacular. A holy God, who looked at us, his former enemies, and adopted us into his family. He’s made us his heirs along with Christ. He looked at a vulnerable girl on the other side of the world and opened our eyes to see her as well. He gave us four sons, but also gave us a desire for her. He brought us to Uganda and intersected our story with another’s story. We hope to officially bring Gracious into our family soon.
We could never have written our story this way. But we’re thankful to the author of it and expectantly look for him to keep developing it. As he does, I’ll share it with you.
As God continues to develop our stories, let’s be intentional in keeping our eyes open to catch those glimpses of his glory. Our ordinary moments are welcomed spaces for him to reveal himself to us. Let’s look for him – even in the unexpected places.