Up and down the stretch of I-95, the highway that will take you from Miami to Maine, this stretch of road in our parts is lined with billboards about oranges and alligators. The road is straight and the terrain flat. Palm trees give way to pines but nary a cornfield will you see from this stretch of highway.
But when we cross the state line into Georgia, the land off this busy interstate bears crops. Most I can’t identify but the corn stands tall and this one I know.
It’s an ordinary site throughout our country. The true green in midsummer and the amber color of the stalks after the harvest.
In Virginia recently, we saw some fields plowed over with the chaff left on the ground but most were still standing, dry and turning brown.
The ordinary sights have their own stories. These cornfields tell the story of sustenance and seasons. They provide for us physically. They complete the cycle from seed to food to dust. In some ways, a reflection of life itself. And where there is life, even ordinary life, there is beauty.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Romans 12:1 the Message