Gina Caswell Kelly
Hasn’t the wind just been ferocious! I am not a huge fan of the wind, but as Spike Dykes used to say, “If the wind didn’t blow in West Texas, everybody would want to live here. The wind and the dirt keep the riffraff out!” I might have to agree with him.
One thing about the wind, when it blows like it did this week, I can go walking through the pasture and discover all kinds of “treasures” that it uncovered. I was doing that today and came across an old faucet handle that was made of brass. It was the old fashioned style. Of course, my brain gets to wondering how it got out in the middle of the pasture and where was it originally. I often find all kinds of rusty tools or hinges or pieces of farm implements. They all tell a story of days gone by. And I really like that. I like knowing the stories of the past and I like being able to hang onto some of the relics of the past. They remind us of where we have been and how far we have come.
The Bible does the same thing for us. It is a great book to remind us of what all God did in the past and the way He worked in the lives of His people. Not only that, it reminds us that we are just the kind of people God used in the Bible days. He didn’t use a lot of kings for His work. David is an example of a king that God was able to use in a mighty way, but David started off as a shepherd boy. Moses was born a slave but raised by the Pharaoh’s daughter and then ended up a fugitive and then a shepherd before God called him to be His servant to lead the Israelites out of bondage. The disciples were mostly fishermen. Paul was a tentmaker. I could go on. But, my point is that His Word tells us that He uses normal people to do extraordinary things. People like us.
You may have seen the story of the Breedlove’s this week. He is a preacher, but they are just as normal as the day is long. Raising kids. Doing the stock show thing. Doing the cheerleader thing. Just normal mom and dad going about their lives. Except that God spoke up and they were listening. They drove to Del Rio with a van loaded with over $1,500 dollars worth of diapers and wipes, not to mention a few other items because God let them know of a need. They didn’t say they were too busy, or they didn’t have the money or a way to meet this need. God said it. They believed him for the means and good folks in this county provided. Normal people doing what God called them to do.
That is just one example. Throughout this pandemic situation, we have seen many times where God called on His “normal” people to step up and step out. And they did it.
Yes, the Bible serves to show us what God has done in the past, but it also reminds us that God uses folks like us, if we will just listen and be willing.
Our nation needs every normal person we can find (And I think the number is dwindling!) to listen to what God is saying. I believe He is calling us to step up and make a stand for Him in this country before it is too late. Now more than ever, we, as Christians, have got to stand up and do what God is calling us to do. He has never once in the history of mankind called anybody to sit on their hands and worry about the state of things around them! He is calling Christians, just normal everyday Christians to stand up for what is right and make a difference in this country. And He wants us to do it right now.
Look through God’s Word. Let it remind you that He uses people like you every day. Are you listening to Him? Are you willing to be used by God? Be listening! Be willing! It will make a difference!