As we celebrate the Christmas Season, I can’t help thinking about the way God chooses to use the most ordinary people to get his work done. He could go about gathering the heads of state in various countries, or the great theologians or the big-time business people. He could walk down Wall Street and trust that somebody there could really impact the world for Him. He might even search for the most popular movie and television actors or sports stars to grab our attention.
But no! Instead, He sends His messages to the world through those people who work quietly behind the scenes, walking with Him and saying their prayers…people like Mary and Joseph and the shepherds at Jesus’ birth. These are the people He often raises up to make a difference.
Sometimes when He wants to work with people like you and me, He must get our attention first. I remember when I was complaining to my wife, Brenda, about my lack of progress after the stroke. I was going on about how I should be doing so much better than I was doing. Brenda was driving our car and taking us home after one of my therapy sessions and I guess she finally had enough of my complaining, because she pulled the car over to the side of the road and said this. “What if God allowed this to happen to give you an opportunity to do His work in a new way?”
In the same way that Mary pondered the words of the angel in her heart, I pondered Brenda’s words. Maybe God could use an ordinary guy like me to further the work of the kingdom. Maybe there was something about my stroke that could help others. No matter who we are or where we are, God can use us if we allow Him to do so. Like Mary, we must surrender to His will. May you surrender to Him and continue to be blessed by God’s precious gift of Jesus.
After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.
Luke 2: 17-19, NLT