The Extraordinary In The Ordinary

My youngest daughter came home last night saying that she had just been asked to share her testimony. But she was a little upset and said, ‘Dad, I don’t have a testimony. Not a real testimony that is. I’ve lived such an ordinary life’.

I responded by saying,  ‘Hey, never underestimate your life. You don’t need to have experienced sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to have a powerful testimony. God is as much in the ordinary as He is in the extraordinary’.

I went on  to share with her that in Matthew’s Gospel Jesus said, ‘Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will? But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.’ My daughter, who happens to be a hairdresser, liked that last verse in particular.

And then I mentioned to her, ‘And don’t forget how we came to have our beautiful Golden Retriever…’

Some years ago my children started to talk about wanting to own a Golden Retriever. They would actually pray that God would get them this dog. We already had a cat and some fish. To be honest, I wasn’t too keen about getting a dog.

Anyway, one day, some years ago, both girls came bursting through the door shouting, ‘Look what we’ve found!’ In their hands was a sheet of paper that they’d found stuck on a local streetlight pole, and it read ‘Family Wanted – to own a six month old Golden Retriever – $200. Must love animals.’ And there was a phone number. The girls had ripped it off the pole and even scoured the street to see if there were any other signs, because they didn’t want anyone else looking at this dog.

With a lot of urging from the younger members of my family I was encouraged to ring the owner, and after telling him our story I said to him, and to the horror of my kids, that I first needed to discuss this with our landlords, as we were renting at the time, to see if they would allow us to have a dog, but that I couldn’t promise anything. To say that my children were disappointed is an understatement.

The very next day though, while I was at home on my own, I received a frantic phone call from the dog owner. He was agitated. He said, ‘We’ve had some other people come to have a look at the dog, but I know that you’re the family to have her. I know that you haven’t yet received permission, but look, I don’t want $200 for the dog. Take her. You can have her for free, but on one condition, you must come now and pick her up.’

I was flabbergasted, but what choice did I have? The guy had to give me this dog. So I quickly left my house and walked the short distance to find our new Golden Retriever tied up at the owner’s front letterbox where she was surrounded by a family of four.

After collecting the paperwork, I started to walk home, and before I reached our house I was met by the beaming smiles of three children who had known all along that God would answer their prayers.

Oh, and by the way, that $200? I spent it on fencing. And the landlord said yes. Funny that.

Out of the ordinary came something extraordinary.

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