Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Ordinary Miracle

It's easy to take familiar things for granted. I really try not to do that, but, reminders are always good. One of Randy's relatives posted a link of their daughter singing, "Ordinary Miracle," on Facebook not long ago. I had heard the song before, but until I did a little research, I didn't remember that the song was in the movie, Charlotte's Web.

Besides listening to the Facebook link, I searched online for the lyrics. The words again came back to me as Randy and I went out for an after-lunch drive.

 As we walked to the pickup, we were serenaded by snow geese flying overhead, looking like sewing stitches in a clear blue sky.

Nothing says miracle like new baby calves.

After our sashay through the "maternity ward," we took a side trip to nearby Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. The last time we'd driven through Quivira, there was no water at all due to extreme drought. We still haven't had much rain or snow, so I was surprised to see a little water in the Little Salt Marsh. 

That day, the sun hopscotched its way across the ice, and that seemed like a miracle, too. Shortly thereafter, I got this email devotional:

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! ... When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? Psalm 8:1a, 3-4 (NIV) 

  A Time to Think

The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.

 —Robert Holden, Ph.D

A Time to Act

Recognize the infinite possibilities of God’s work.

A Time to Pray

Dear Lord, when I am focused on my problems, and most likely making mountains out of molehills, guide me to go outside, look upwards and have faith in Your omnipotence.

I decided to use "file" photos from Kim's County Line to illustrate the lyrics of Ordinary Miracle. If you'd like to listen to the Sarah McLachlan version, it's at the bottom of this post.

Ordinary Miracle
Performed by Sarah McLachlan
Photos by Kim Fritzemeier

 It's not that unusualWhen everything is beautiful
It's just another ordinary miracle today
The sky knows when it's time to snow
 Don't need to teach a seed to grow
It's just another ordinary miracle today
Life is like a gift they sayWrapped up for you everydayOpen up and find a wayTo give some of your own
 Isn't it remarkable?
Like every time a rain drop fallsIt's just another ordinary miracle today
Birds in winter have their flingBut always make it home by springIt's just another ordinary miracle today

 When you wake up everyday

Please don't throw your dreams away
Hold them close to your heart'Cause we're all a part
Of the ordinary miracle
Ordinary miracle

Do you want to see a miracle?
Our Rattlesnake Pasture - February 2023
It seems so exceptionalThat things just work out after allIt's just another ordinary miracle today
Sun comes up and shines so brightAnd disappears again at night
  It's just another ordinary miracle today.

Songwriters: David Allan Stewart / Glen Ballard
Ordinary Miracle lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Mgb Ltd., Sony/atv Harmony, Universal Music Corp., Bmg Platinum Songs Us, Sony/atv Melody, Aerostation Corp., Arlovol Music