When critical events bring change into our lives, they do so in every arena. If you have strokes or other major health issues, that event effects your body in every way. The thing I learned was that my body had to work hard to recover and I had to be willing to work on it every day.
God taught me something else too. He showed me that my body wasn’t the only thing at stake here. He was after my heart. He was after my spirit and He had some changes He wanted to make. The changes He wanted would also take work, hard work, and I had to be willing to surrender to Him every day.
One of the obstacles to surrendering to God is that you can’t imagine why God would choose you or have a purpose for you. It’s hard to believe that He sees you in a personal way and has a plan that can’t be put into effect unless you sign up. I kept thinking that I was just an ordinary guy and that I couldn’t imagine God needed anything from me. After all, I was just a guy who was one of six kids. My dad would remind me how ordinary I was with statements like, “Yes, you may be smart, but you still have to go wash the dishes.” Okay, I accepted being ordinary.
I want to tell you though that since my strokes, I don’t believe anyone is ordinary. I believe that God means for each of us to be extraordinary and that the only way we become that is with His help. We must be willing to show up to do the work, even wash the dishes, if that’s what He wants.
Remember that with God as your Father, you can never be just ordinary. No matter how used up you feel or how tarnished you’ve become, God has a way of making you shiny and new again. Trust me! He thinks you are amazing!
I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Isaiah 6:8, NKJV