Finding the Extraordinary

TOM GEHRING

tjgehring11@ole.augie.edu

 

“It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things.” – Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz.

When I was asked to write this article earlier in the week, I wanted to write about something extraordinary, something that would make an impression on the minds of those who read it. I racked my brain trying to think of some great and glorious spiritual experience that would be elaborately embodied in words.

It turns out, however, that I couldn’t think of anything seriously extraordinary that had happened to me in the past few weeks. So, since I am lacking the extraordinary, I might as well write about the ordinary.

I was lucky enough to be an NSO leader this year, and it was an incredible way to start my sophomore year. I had a great partner and the best freshmen a NSO leader could possibly ask for.

It was great fun, and I came away from it with a lot of good memories. But, just as all good things do, it came and went; I thought nothing more of it until I was asked to write this article.

All of a sudden, NSO went from being ordinary to extraordinary. I saw everything about the experience in a completely different light. Just like Miller mentioned, the simple things are the ones that really change us.

Being with my group seemed like it was simple, but looking back, it really changed me. I learned a lot from my group without even trying. My official title was leader, but in all seriousness we led each other. The things that change us never happen when we expect them.

And I think that in itself is pretty extraordinary.