There are no ordinary pleasures.
Every good thing, no matter how trivial, can elicit delight. And delight is potent. Something of little significance provokes glee, and the spirit leaps. If you pay attentionand if you count all good things as coming from Godthen the mundane can help you glimpse the maker of all delight.
Momentous thrillsa wedding day, the birth of a child, reconciliation between hardened enemies, and a stunning answer to prayer when you're low on hopepoint to God more noticeably. So do tragedies, mistakes, and sins. But I'm talking about delights that we encounter more frequently, those we have at our disposal and to which we have become accustomedthe terrain of the trivial, the minor, the normal, the everyday, the routine, even the boring. They, too, reside in the realm of providence.
People shudder, rightly, at what political theorist Hannah Arendt called the banality of evil. As she pointed out, malevolence is good corrupted. If we don't relish the uncorrupted goodness around us, then evilwhich is but a dreadful reverie that will never fully come trueis likely to overwhelm us.
So let us give praise for the consoling banality of good.
Ask the woman who anointed Jesus' feet with nard oil and the widow who offered her two mites, and they'd tell you: God takes pleasure in the seemingly insignificant. Ask the hemorrhaging woman who touched Christ's robe amid a pressing crowd, and she'd tell you: The barely noticeable matters to him. Ask the wedding guests in Cana, and they'd tell you: God pays attention to details like wine chemistry, even when it doesn't seem to matter to anyone else.
Finally, consult your body, and it will tell you (chances are, it already has, many times): ...1
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