As you’ve likely figured out, the Holiday season is now over. Though winter continues on, the cheerfulness of decorations and Christmas music has gone away. Back to school, back to work, and back to reality. Many of us see this transition to be a little bit of a bummer. After all, we had such a great time over the break. Our family from out of town returned home. Now there’s homework again! But as you know, school isn’t the only thing in your life that changes around this time.
After the Christmas season, we enter into Ordinary Time. It’s pretty obvious that in the season world, Ordinary Time got shorted when God was coming up with titles.
Are we really supposed to look forward to it?!
For most of my life, I certainly didn’t. Many times, as Christmas comes to an end, I jokingly refer to this season as “Boredinary Time” or “Snoredinary Time.” While I’ll probably always get a good chuckle out of that, Ordinary Time deserves much more reverence and attention.
Simply put, there’s nothing ‘ordinary’ about this season.
Ordinary Time has its name because the weeks are numbered. It comes from the Latin word “ordanalis,” which usually refers to numbers in a series. The root word is “ordo,” where we derive the word order from. So this season essentially serves as a model of the ordered life of the Church.
So as you reorder your life with school, homework, sports, work, and the normal daily routine, strive to reorder your spiritual life as well. Let God help you establish order. A very holy friend of mine started making a new schedule and new commitments during this Ordinary Time. She writes the schedule down and sticks to it each week, including time for work, time for prayer, time for family, time for fun, and a lot more.
Maybe God’s calling you to reorder in that way. Or maybe He has a different way of walking with you and helping you establish order. Let Him walk with you. Let Him speak truth into situations in your life and bring calm to the chaos.
We waited all throughout Advent. We celebrated all throughout Christmas. Now we have the beautiful season of Ordinary Time to settle into a routine – but a routine that looks different than it did last year, because we’re letting God in to our lives in new ways.
Remember that God’s calling and inviting each of us to walk with Him. Don’t worry about how fast or slow you seem to be going. Stay by the side of the One whose side was pierced for you. Stay focused, but don’t be afraid to get lost in prayer. Hand in hand with our Creator, Ordinary Time can be more exciting than you would have ever imagined.