An Ordinary Day – Dena Johnson Martin Christian Blog
If I never told you, my daughter is an amazing singer. She joined the choir as a sophomore, and she made the Oklahoma All-State Choir her freshman year. Now that she is a senior, she is the only triple in the school. This week we are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the OAKE National Honor Choir.
Today we drove through Shanksville to the United Flight 93 Memorial. For those who may don’t know about flight 93, it was a flight that left Newark, NJ on 9/11/2001. Shortly after takeoff, it was hijacked and directed to the nation’s capital. When the passengers on board began to understand the situation, they regrouped to take charge of the flight.
It crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m., killing all 40 passengers and crew.
These passengers boarded a plane that morning, that very ordinary morning. They had no idea that their lives would end in an hour. They had no idea they would be hailed as heroes by a grateful nation. They had no idea that their last phone calls would be recorded for everyone to hear. They had no idea that they would forever be commemorated in such a sacred way.
And the field where the plane crashed?
It was a common field one day. It’s a field of honor forever.
The events of 9/11/2001 happened even before my daughter or her friend was born. Although my daughter learned the story of 9/11, there was a lot of the story of Flight 93 that she had never heard. Walk on these sacred grounds. To see the names and faces of the heroes who saved our nation’s capital and countless lives. To listen to the voices as they told their family members that they were loved one last time.
Nothing I say can convey power…sacredness…emotion…sorrow…gratitude.
The events of an ordinary day forever changed the course of our world.
Todd Beamer didn’t wake up that morning planning to become a hero, but it’s a role he’s spent his life preparing for. In the memorial is a Bible study on integrity that he had studied with a group of men.
Jeremy Click didn’t wake up on 9/11/2001 with the intention of becoming a hero, but he spent his whole life preparing for it. His black belt is locked in the memorial.
Tom Burnett didn’t wake up on his last day on this earth with the intention of becoming a hero, but as vice president and chief operating officer of a medical device company, he just had the skills. leadership needed to lead the revolt.
They were all in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills.
If you remain pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean and you will be ready for Master to use you for any good work. 2 Timothy 2:21
The scriptures repeatedly speak of training for righteousness, of being prepared when the time comes when your ordinary day becomes extraordinary. Maybe not in those exact words, but think of all of Scripture.
In Joshua 3:5 the Israelites are told to “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do marvelous things among you.
In 1 Timothy 4:7 we are told to train ourselves in godliness.
Job 8:7 tells us that He will make our ordinary lives extraordinary.
If we want to be a vessel of honor, sanctified, useful to our Master, we must keep ourselves pure. We must train for righteousness. We must consecrate ourselves in order to see God move in mighty ways.
But what does it look like in real life? The next verse tells us.
Run away from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the company of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. 2 Timothy 2:22
Honestly, it’s not that hard. We remove those things that shouldn’t be in our lives. The bin. The coal. Maybe it’s the movies we watch or the music we listen to. Maybe that’s what we’re looking at on the internet. Or maybe it’s just the attitudes in our hearts. Anger. The bitterness. The lack of forgiveness.
But when we remove these things from our lives, there is a void that needs to be filled. What are you going to fill it with? Thoughts beautiful and true and noble and just and excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8-9). The Word of God. Worship that brings our hearts back to God. Companionship of our Christian brothers.
The more we fill our hearts with the things of God, the more prepared we are when the opportunity comes our way.
The opportunity to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:15).
The opportunity to comfort others as we have been comforted (2 Corinthians 1:4).
The opportunity to be a vessel of honour, sanctified, useful to our Master.
The opportunity to see an ordinary day become the day you’re in the right place at the right time to change the course of someone else’s life, just like the passengers on United Flight 93.