When God calls a person to do a job, He is very sure of Himself and knows who He wants and why. There are people in history whose lives leave me smiling because there’s no doubt in my mind that God was right smack dab in the middle of their circumstances – working!
Did you know that Moses didn’t want to be a leader? He argued with God about it – no, no don’t pick me! I can’t be a leader ‘cuz see, I have this stuttering problem and it’s really going to slow Your plan down. Well… we see here what God had to say about that! It didn’t do Moses much good to argue with God.
Helen Adams Keller was born in 1880. She was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. Oh, did I fail to mention that she was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree? Her life story has been the subject of at least two very popular movies that I know of – both starring Patty Duke, if I remember right. Helen’s life seemed hopeless at first, didn’t it? If a person ever offered hope and inspiration to the world… it was Helen Keller!
Cornelia ten Boom (Corrie) was born in 1892. She was a Dutch watchmaker and Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She and her sister and father were imprisoned in a concentration camp for their actions. Corrie’s sister, Elisabeth ten Boom (Betsie) was born in 1885. While incarcerated in Ravensbruck concentration camp, she died at age 59. Corrie and Betsie’s father, Casper ten Boom died just 10 days after being imprisoned.
Corrie ten Boom’s famous book, The Hiding Place, describes the ordeal. My dad bought the book for me, and in 1976 he took me to see the movie. Did God use Corrie and her family? I believe He definitely did – and that story still serves to inspire people all over the world. My dad said at the very least, it reminds us of what we never want to see again in the world. It also reminds us that no matter what the world says to do… as Christians we are obligated to obey our God and do the right thing to honor Him.
If we will place our frail an imperfect selves in God’s very capable hands, trusting that He will work in and through us for His glory, we will be amazed and may even inspire others in the bargain. I wonder if Moses had flat refused God – if he would have ended up in the belly of a whale – ??? Or… maybe a camel or something – ??? Oh, it’s a good thing he was obedient, I think. Yeah. 🙂