God planned to wipe humanity from the face of the earth, but he chose Noah to continue the human race. Noah, an ordinary but righteous man, obeyed God and built an ocean-going ship such as was never seen before. He used ordinary tools and skills he had obviously developed through his ordinary work on earth. The result? An extra-ordinary vessel that survived the biggest storm the earth has ever seen. And the human race and all the animal and bird species of the world were saved from extinction. An ordinary man, using ordinary tools, performed an extra-ordinary task.
The Scriptures are full of such stories. David, the ordinary young shepherd, who took up five ordinary pebbles, and killed an extra-ordinary giant. Rahab, an ordinary Canaanite woman, who hid ordinary Israeli spies in an ordinary way, and thus saved not only her family but brought herself into salvation and the extra-ordinary line of Jesus Christ.
Fishermen, tax-collectors, religious leaders, men blind from birth, lepers, prostitutes . . . ordinary people. When they turned their lives over to Jesus, they used ordinary tools such as dinner parties, fishing boats, pens or quills and scrolls, walks on the dusty Palestine roads and chats along the way, to bring about extra-ordinary results in the lives of those with whom they came into contact.
William Franklin (Billy) Graham was born into an ordinary Scottish family in Carolina. He had an ordinary education and was nearly expelled from Bible College. He suffered from hydrocephalus, pneumonia, broken hips, and prostate cancer.Yet he has used his ordinary speaking ability with extra-ordinary results, to become indisputably the greatest evangelist the world has ever known.
Please note none of these were born with the expectations of being extra-ordinary. They were all ordinary people. Like you and I.
I am not worthy of being added to this list of remarkable people but I include this story to show it is not only the "greats" of our world that God can use. I am a very ordinary person. I wrote a very ordinary book using an ordinary computer. Yet I keep hearing from people who write to tell me about the extra-ordinary blessings they have experiences through reading the words of Strength Renewed. I know there are countless authors who have similar stories to tell.
Are you an ordinary person?
Oh good. Then you no doubt have ordinary tools and skills. Ask God today to show you which tools He wants you to use and what task He wants you to tackle. Then prepare to see some extra-ordinary results! And be sure to write and tell me about them.
Do you have an extra-ordinary story to share with us? Please give us a brief summary below. We'd love to rejoice with you.
SHIRLEY CORDER lives an ordinary life on the coast of South Africa with her husband. Her book, Strength Renewed: Meditations for your Journey through Breast Cancer continues to bring about extra-ordinary results for readers in the cancer valley.