Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

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Just an ordinary…

Abraham was just a city guy living life with a barren wife and no hope of a family.

Moses was just an Israelite baby marked for extermination.

Gideon was just a fearful farmer hiding from enemies.

Ruth was just a poor widow.

David was just a shepherd boy, the youngest of eight brothers.

Esther was just an orphan living in exile.

Peter and Andrew, James and John were just fishermen earning their daily living.

Dorcas was just an ordinary seamstress.

But look how God chose and used them to do amazing things!

I am just…(fill in the blank for yourself).

But God has his hand on me. What will He do with me?

A Real Hero

Antoinette Tuff is my heroine today.  And she gives all the glory to God, who gave her wisdom and courage to talk a gunman out of carrying out his plans to shoot up a school full of elementary kids.  One tool she used was her own story of weakness, loss and need.

Another hero is Gideon whose story I’ve been reading again (Judges chapters 6-8).  These same two things stand out in his experience:  his doubts and fears, and then his obedience and effectiveness in saving his people. 

His fear: 
–Threshing wheat in a wine vat to hide it from the marauding enemy. 
–Waiting for the cover of night to carry out God’s order to demolish idols worshipped by his townspeople.

His doubt: 
–When God appeared to him to commission him (addressing him as “mighty warrior”!), Gideon asked for a sign of confirmation, which God graciously provided by burning up his meal and then vanishing! (6:20-21)

–But that wasn’t enough.  He still needed confirmation.  So God arranged for a wet fleece on dry ground and then vice versa (6:36-40). 

Then God threw in one extra confirmation for good measure.  He sent Gideon to eavesdrop on a couple of enemy soldiers discussing a strange dream which they concluded  meant that Gideon was going to defeat their whole army!  (I wonder how they knew about him by name?!?)

God is so patient with those who really want to please and obey Him!

The tools:
–Personnel:  Just 300 people, whittled down from an original 32,000! (7:1-8)
–Weapons:  Trumpets, torches in clay jars, and their voices! (7:15-22) 

God’s strategy:

–As the noise and light show by Gideon’s men commenced (with the weapons listed above), God caused the enemy army to panic and kill one another!

What power!  What irony!  I love God’s battle strategies!  (For more, read the books of Exodus through 2 Chronicles.)

I also love the fact that God uses imperfect people who have doubts and fears and yet are committed to obey God to be used for His purposes, and to be sure He gets the glory!  I’m one of those.  So is Antoinette Tuff.

Watching and Working

My mom tells me that I used to “sit onna ‘tool, wats Mommy” while she baked.  I took it all in and learned by watching.  In fact, whenever I make a pie, I remember how she used to make a paste to blend into the dry mixture and then chill it for a while before rolling it out.  I remember how she would put dabs of butter over the fruit before fitting the top crust, and prick a design of holes in it.  And her goodies were the best!

Then I think of Jesus’ disciples.  They spent years with Him, watching Him work—doing miracles, teaching, and caring for people.  Then it was their turn as He sent them out to do the same things. And they did!  God’s power also flowed through them to heal and bring the words of life.  What a privilege to be with God, watch Him at work, and then participate in that work!

God is still at work.  We don’t read much about that on the major news networks, but if we know where to look, we can “watch” His amazing work going on all over the world.  And we can be part of it—by praying for that lonely Christian in prison halfway around the world and for our neighbor next door.  By being faithful in the assignment God has given to us, even if it seems insignificant.  And much more.

Just ordinary people,
God uses ordinary people.
He chooses people just like me and you,
who are willing to do as He commands.
God uses people that will give Him all,
no matter how small your all may seem to you;
because little becomes much
as you place it in the Master’s hand.

Oh, just like that little lad,
who gave Jesus all he had;
How the multitude was fed
with a fish and loaves of bread.
What have may not seem much,
but when you yield it to the touch
of the the Master’s loving hand,
then you will understand how
your life could never be the same.

           Lyrics by Danniebelle Hall

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