God Makes the Ordinary Extraordinary

Dear Reader:

As I was straightening up the kitchen table yesterday morning after breakfast…I stopped and gave the table a second glance. Each object, I realized, that was on the table had a separate story to tell…in fact hadn’t they all ended up together on the table as a reminder..but for what?

About twice a week I go out and pick more zinnias for Honey’s adorable little flower vases…they work well on the table when I am about to do some work on it- not taking up much space…and yesterday was ‘pay the bills‘ day when I would need space for lots of checks, bills, and envelopes to spread out…

My initial problem was…I had run out of checks from my primary account and by the time I called to order more I was told, due to postal service issues, it would probably take longer than usual to receive them.

Normally I could probably make due with the few checks left in my book….but these days…all of the local utilities are no longer open to make drive-by payments by credit cards, either due to COVID19 or because local buildings have been closed and checks have to be sent to  central locations…usually out of state.

But I got lucky the “miracle” new checks came Thursday…so I  placed them on the table to remind me to work on them.





Along with that I had gotten some cards, envelopes, and stamps ready to go out.





And then there was the perfect God Wink on the table. Cheetos. I discovered an empty bag in one of the kitchen chairs…a left-over “memoir” from one of the grandchildren with the sleep-over last week. I was just about to toss it in the trash when I realized there was message on the bag.

“Take Time to Call An Old Friend”…. Brooke had been trying to get me… calling earlier in the week when I was in and out between Mt. P and Summerville. I had texted, the night before, saying I would call her the next morning…and now there was this God Wink reminding me to do just that. We had a great catch-up time! Talk about creative…love God’s Winks! 🙂

Vickie gave me some coleus and told me to keep them in water for about 10 days until they grew roots and then plant them in a shady area around the garden. They have been so pretty I hate to take them outside to plant…but it is almost time. Will enjoy the last few days of them as the floral centerpiece.

Tomatoes and bananas...I am really trying to eat as healthy as possible this summer…and getting great ideas from our local Summerville magazine-Azalea. I left the magazine on the table as a reward for when I finished paying the bills. Love all the articles in this local favorite magazine.

Don’t we wait for “miracles” to happen in our life when they, instead,  are part of our every day lives?

Checks, that against the odds, arrive early. Tomatoes and bananas that keep me healthy to fight ‘little c.” Coleus to bring beauty to my eyes throughout each meal each day. Cheetos with a timely “God Wink” reminder for me. A local free magazine that makes me smile. Zinnias that feed the soul.

So until tomorrow….Isn’t God trying to tell us that while we wait and search for “miracles” in answer to our prayers… that they are occurring around us each and every moment of every day…that the real miracle is actually life itself?

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

My “miraculous” flowers….starting with living each day from morning glories until evening moon flower blooms. What a miracle! (This is my third successful moon flower bloom-Thursday.)

Every bloom on every flower is a miracle…but look at my double hibiscus bloom…back to back…incredible!


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to God Makes the Ordinary Extraordinary

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love the vases that Honey makes…I have several and love getting flowers out of my yard


    • Becky Dingle says:

      They are just perfect for little coffee tables and end table…and you don’t have to pick your whole garden to make a bouquet…a just a few individual blooms! Love them!


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