About three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear my friend David preach in his church in coastal Maine. It was a treat. This was the first time I had heard him and I was blown away by how God is using him to really speak to people’s hearts. His messages are powerful, challenging, and clear.
Beyond just the messages themselves, it was inspiring to me to see how God works. You see, when David and I were best friends in high school, he wasn’t even really a believer. Oh, he participated in the traditions he had inherited. He was brilliant, intellectual, creative, and talented, but had no room for God’s design in his life. It would have been hard for me to imagine too many paths less likely for David than to become a missionary or a pastor – and yet he did both.
With God, you never really know. He is an expert at confounding our expectations, typically by bringing about something much more glorious than we could have imagined, even if we don’t recognize it right away. That gives me a lot of hope.
It gives me hope for the people I know and care about who seem to have no room in their lives for God – the self-sufficient, the skeptical, the too practical, or just too busy. To me they look like people who will never realize how much they need Him – but with God you never know. Maybe those are the very people He will choose for His most amazing transformations.
It gives me hope in my own life as well. There are so many things that we spend our time on – projects, bills, chores, red tape, errands, mundane details - that appear to have no eternal significance. So much of life in which we don’t feel we are making an impact. But with God you never know. If He is involved with you, there is eternal work being done.
Take a listen to David here:
He really helps me see into Paul’s mind better than anyone I’ve heard speak. Maybe that’s because Paul too was one of God’s surprises – an unlikely Apostle, but with God…you just never know.