Do you ever feel ordinary? Just run of the mill, Plain Jane? Does this feeling make you excited or a little depressed?
Last week when I took Janie Lou in for her six month check-up I found out that she is VERY ordinary. She is developing at an average pace. She does average things and is the average height and weight for her age. Nothing about her makes her stand out. Of course, Carl and I think she's above average in cuteness, but according to actual measurable standards, she is average. She is just an ordinary girl. Which gets me EXTREMELY excited!
Why would my child being ordinary get me so excited? Well, because the Bible is full of stories of God using ordinary people to do extraordinary tasks. Think back with me to the stories you learned as a child.
David. David was so ordinary that when Samuel came to Jesse (David's father) to find the next king, Jesse didn't even call David in from the field. He wasn't even considered. As Samuel looked around he saw one of David's brothers and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:6-7)
Finally, after looking at all the brothers, Samuel asks Jesse if he has anymore sons. Jesse says, “Yeah I have one more tending the sheep.” When David finally is asked to come in, God tells Samuel, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.” (I Samuel 16:12)
This ordinary shepherd boy ended up doing some EXTRAORDINARY things, like being the KING of Israel, killing Goliath, being called “a man after God's own heart”, writing most of the Psalms, and the list goes on.
Esther. Although we associate the word “Queen” with Esther, she was not born with royal blood. Esther and her cousin, Mordecai were living in Persia at the time that King Xerxes fired Queen Vashti. (see Esther 1). After the queen is fired, the king needs a new queen and hosts a contest. Mordecai convinces Esther to enter, and this ordinary girl WINS! She becomes the Queen of Persia. Now, the ordinary girl was also a Jewess. After she becomes queen, God uses this ordinary girl to save the Jewish people. I say being used by God to save the Jewish race was just a little bit EXTRAORDINARY.
Other men and women like Mary and Joseph (parents of Jesus), Moses and all of the disciples are examples of ordinary people who God used in extraordinary ways. The truth is that our being ordinary has nothing to do with it. God is the “it” factor. It is He who determines who He will use and how. It isn't up to us. So if you feel ordinary today, don't despair. You serve an extraordinary God who is in the business of using men and women, boys and girls just like you to do amazing things. So are you ready? Are you willing to be used by Him and for Him? Are you ready to see what God can do in and through you?
As I drove home from the doctor's office I was excited thinking that I have ordinary girl living in my house. I can't wait to see how God uses her in extraordinary ways!
Who is your favorite Bible personality who was ordinary, but used in an extraordinary way?
Who do you know if your life that meets this same criteria?
Are you ready for God to use you? Are you living in a way that makes you available to what God has for you?