Below is a very special piece I wrote for a friend of mine, Bryce Koetitz, for an amazing video he's created. The video is called "Extraordinary" - Fine Arts 2015 by Bryce Koetitz. The narrator is another friend of mine, Asher Koetitz. These two have definitely made this video extraordinary. I had a lot of fun writing this and I hope I have the chance to do this again! Hope you all enjoy my poetic prose, "Extraordinary".
by Emory R. Frie
Extraordinary. The very word sends a shiver down your spine, huh? Like a lightning crack and a thunder roll, or an eagle’s cry and a lion’s roar. Extraordinary. Isn’t that what we all want to be? More than what we are, more than what’s expected. To be someone special, to do something indescribable. Be incredible, outstanding, incomparable, unfathomable… extraordinary.
What is extraordinary? A mountain is extraordinary, yet what does it do but stand against the sky, rise from the earth? It doesn’t have to do anything spectacular to be extraordinary, it simply is. The sun, a floating ball of fire suspended in space, is extraordinary for being merely what it is. The rush of a stream, the roar of a waterfall, both deemed extraordinary. Even creatures are among the extraordinary, birds and beasts, predator and prey. Why? Why are these objects and creatures and forces of nature so extraordinary? Because God made them so.
What if I told you that you are capable of extraordinary? Because if God made extraordinary things, and all things He made are extraordinary, shouldn’t that mean we are extraordinary? After all, we are all made by God, loved by Him, created in His image; in fact we are called His children. Extraordinary? Incredible? Outstanding? Absolutely. Don’t you see? We’re all capable of being extraordinary.
And extraordinary is not all that we expect it to be. For the longest time, for the most extraordinary event in the world, a time prophesized for centuries, a day awaited near forever, something valued above all treasure, a promise God had constantly assured, when the God of heaven and earth would come down as the Savior. It was something unimaginable, yet imagined none the less. There was to be trumpets sounding, symbols crashing, victorious rejoicing, people cheering, “The Savior is here!” They expected spectacular, they expected a warrior, they expected extraordinary… but what they got was a different kind of extraordinary. And when the King came down, it wasn’t a warrior striding white steed, but a child who grew to ride a donkey. No battle cry, but baby’s cry; no sword and shield, but cross and nails; no ring of gold upon His head, but crown of thorns from which He bled; not a slaughterer of sinners, but a conqueror of sin. Extraordinary. It’s not something that need be attained by greatness and rule, no, that’s already done. Extraordinary is in the unexpected, in the small things and the large, in the smile of a stranger, in the hug of a friend. It’s in the laugh of a child with nothing but love, in the dance in the rain for no reason but one. Extraordinary.
So get up. Go! Be who you want to be, do what you were made to do. Rise from the ashes, put a smile on your face. Face the world with strength and grace. We’re ready, ready to be more than we are and go out to be what we can be! We are already extraordinary thanks to the power of grace, but it’s through the power of grace and the power of the cross and the miracle of redemption that we can be so much more. Let the world know that they’re special, they are incredible, they are extraordinary. Do marvelous works for the Lord who made you extraordinary. Be extraordinary. Not only be extraordinary, but be your own kind of extraordinary. It is so much better to be a one of a kind original than a poor quality copy.
We are capable of extraordinary.
Hope you all like the video and my poetic prose! I will also be adding "Extraordinary" to my "Written Works" for easy access.
Thanks for reading!
Emory R. Frie
"Stories help us remember what we never want to forget" - Neverland (The Realms Series, Book Two)
Emory R. Frie is the award-winning author of debut novel, Heart of a Lion, and the Realms Series. Emory is attending Berry College to further pursue her writing craft. Raised in Oregon, she now lives in Georgia with her family and rambunctious Scottie pup.