Big O, little o, what begins with O? It's been chanting in my head ever since N. O is a hard one!
I suppose O is for things like O'Hare (one of my least favorite places to be stuck), orange juice (freshly squeezed, please!), and Obadiah (a dog we had when I was a kid). But mostly it's just ordinary.
I've been thinking about ordinary the past few days as a result of my Bible study homework. At least, I think that's where it's coming from. As we start Jesus, the One and Only, we're starting at the beginning and a lot of the homework this week has been about Mary. So I've been thinking about Mary, an ordinary young girl God used in an extraordinary way.
That's one of the things I like about reading the stories in the Bible--how God used ordinary people to do extraordinary things. There's David (a shepherd boy and youngest in his family who became a king, a poet, and a man after God's own heart), Gideon (who was so afraid of raiders that he threshed wheat in a wine press and yet won an incredible victory with torches and jars and trumpets), Esther (an orphan living with her uncle who became queen and saved an entire nation), and so many others.
Thinking about that makes me think of the big O words--omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (everywhere at once), omnipotent (all powerful). Amazing that God---who is all those things--uses people at all, let alone ordinary ones.