The infant cries and her daddy gathers her in his arms.

A toddler slurps the last drop and “asks” for more milk. Understanding his halting communication, the mother wipes his chin and refills the extended Sippy cup.

Young children learn from every experience—what to expect, whom to trust, where to turn, how things work.

This Ordinary DayToo soon parents and grandparents realize their precious babies have become little girls and boys. Although it may seem like an overnight transformation, in truth each day of life brought growth and change.

The Bible talks a lot about transformation. God is always working in his children, shaping our character and conforming us to the image of Christ. God wants us to reach our full potential and become the people he created us to be. He uses Scripture, the Christian community, as well as our everyday experiences to bring us to increasing levels of maturity.

I wonder how many times I’ve missed the lesson I lived.

I wonder how often I’ve made the same mistake, sinned the same way, failed to recognize an opportunity to internalize truth offered from God’s kind and tender hands.

Babies are like sweet sponges soaking up knowledge through their everyday experiences. I’m not sure why it’s more difficult for adults. Maybe we don’t recognize the need to learn. Maybe we’ve forgotten how to change. Maybe we’re too satisfied, too busy, or too fearful to allow ourselves to enter fully into the lessons of today.

I’m preparing to teach the book of Joshua. Before we enter the Promised Land, we’re looking backwards to the flight from Egypt, the Red Sea, the manna, the Ten Commandments, the golden calf, the tabernacle, and the 12 spies.

Joshua’s preparation was integrated into his daily life. As we study, we will discover what Joshua saw and experienced on the journey. We will understand the events and relationships that prepared him for the greatest challenge of his life.

God works this way in the lives of all his children. He speaks to us right where we are to show us things about ourselves, and more importantly, to reveal more of who he is to us. He shapes our character and adds to our proficiency. Today our Father readies us for tomorrow’s opportunities.

But we need eyes to see and ears to hear. We must be sensitive to the quiet prompting of the Spirit. If we observe closely and think carefully, we’ll be amazed at how often we are changed by one ordinary circumstance on one ordinary day.