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Every one of us has experienced the picking of teams in gym or on the playground as a child.
For me, this was always a dreaded scene. Although I loved to dance and attended dance classes several nights a week, I was not what anyone would label as athletic. I couldn’t hit a ball with a bat and cringed when that same ball came at me. I ran as slow as molasses in winter. I struggled to tag anyone. I was not who any self respecting elementary kid wanted on their team. So, you guessed it, I was always picked last. I really can’t remember a time, EVER, that I was not picked last.
Then it happened…..my 9th grade gym teacher placed a recommendation for 10th grade gym for what our school called, “remedial gym.” This was gym for the special education and special needs kids. She explained to me that this class was for the “less coordinated.” Of course, she had not seen me on stage tapping my feet and moving my arms, all at the same time, winning a dance competition. She only saw the teenager who couldn’t serve a volleyball (to save me life) or hit a ball with a tennis racket.
No matter how hard I tried, I didn’t get picked first for a team. As an aside, that gym teacher was over ruled by my guidance counselor and had to endure my “lack of coordination” and lack of athletic skills in her gym class for another year.
How often we feel or are made to feel by others that we are inadequate.
Throughout the Bible God seems to use the people that others might label as inadequate for the job.
But God uses those people in some mighty ways to accomplish his purposes.
You will read this week about a couple’s launch of a new nation, one that would impact the entire world. As he would say, a nation whom, “all the nations of the earth would be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3).
Abram and Sarai stand there and perhaps are as befuddled as anyone else. God chose them to begin a nation. An unlikely pair, especially given Abram’s age and after factoring in the fact that Sarai was barren. How could God expect to start a nation with a woman who could not bear children?
To complicate the story line, it will be 25 more years before they actually have their child of promise. By that time Abram and Sarai will be 100 years old and 90 years old, respectively (and their name will be changed to Abraham and Sarah).
God picks people you and I wouldn’t necessarily select to take part in his story. In fact sometimes we are shocked who plays the starring roles in his stories. Unlike the way we do business, he taps people, not merely because of their abilities, but for their availability. God searches for people who are open to be used by him. Since he uses only those who are willing to be used for his purposes, there is no doubt that it is he who is doing the wonder-working. Let there be no doubt, throughout history he is the one making things happen.
That’s good news, isn’t it? You might have been picked last in elementary school gym class. In the business world, you may not have a great pedigree. In academics, you may not be a Rhodes Scholar. You may not have a lot of money and you may have average looks. But you may be sitting in a pretty good position to be a top pick for God’s work.
Where has God surprised you by using you and another person to accomplish His purposes?
Where might God be calling you and equipping you to something new as we journey through The Story?