Ordinary things (01-05-2021)
Readings (Genesis 1: 1, 11-12, 20-21, 24-25)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.’ So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Three separate incidents have happened over the past few weeks which have made me see beauty in very ordinary things. The first happened as I was driving to my parents’ house. There is a roundabout that I have driven around many times, it is not a particularly unusual roundabout, it is quite a good size and it has grass in the middle of it which is not very well looked after. Over the past few weeks many dandelions have sprung up in the grass giving a lovely splash of yellow, but it was not the yellow heads that so impressed me but it was when the flowers produced their seeds. As I approached the roundabout all I could see was this mass of seed heads covering the whole of the grass and it was beautiful.
The second incident happened at my parents’ house. They have quite a few pigeons who come and feed in their garden and if you stand still for any length of time you will often find that you have a pigeon for company. On one such occasion I was struck by just how beautiful the pigeon who was close by me was.
The third incident happened on my way home from shopping last Friday. As I drove back towards Scaldwell I noticed that the cow parsley was now in full flower along the edges of the roads. The plants send up a billow of white flowers at this time of year and it looked so lovely as I drove along.
Dandelions and cow parsley are considered by many to be just weeds, and the pigeon is so common that many see it more of a pest than anything to be marvelled at, yet they are all part of God’s creation and if we open our eyes to the wonder of ordinary things then we may be amazed by what we see.
This week is half term and now that restrictions have started to be lifted many people are trying to get away, to new places or just different places. However, there are many people who are not able to get away and will be in the same surroundings that they have been in for what feels like a very long time. I hope that wherever you find yourself today you will be able to see the wonder of God’s creation in the ordinary things around us.
Lord, open our eyes to the wonders of your creation in the ordinary things that we see each day.