Veggie Tales was a common source of distraction in my home growing up. For several years I watched and rewatched these videos to learn more about the Bible and to memorize the songs that many of us still know so well. Now, Veggie Tales is a point of nostalgia for me, as I find myself humming a tune or breaking out into song with friends to see if we can still remember its famous intro. As one who despised Sunday school, it was talking vegetables that helped me make sense of the Bible and helped me to understand that God worked through people young and old, strong and weak, male and female. After all, as it says in 1 Samuel, God does not look at the face; He looks at the heart.
Knowing from a young age that God was not only willing but eager to provide me with opportunities to show His love and grace to others, was exciting and a bit terrifying. I had no idea if I would be called to do something great like the Biblical heroes we know so well, or if I would even be capable of it. To my five-year-old mind, I needed to be more, do more and be capable of more if God was going to use me. Now, my 26-year-old mind still has to remind itself that God chose people and empowered them, no matter their background, knowledge, or experience.
The Bible is filled with stories where God took the ordinary and made it extraordinary, filling people with awe and reminding them that He is in control. As a potter doesn’t craft a vessel and leave it empty, God doesn’t craft us and leave us without a purpose.
Take David, for example. David underwhelmed people. He was a shepherd that tended his sheep and lived a life where he was underestimated continuously until God anointed him.
“Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life. Samuel left and went home to Ramah.” – 1 Samuel 16:13
When David stood before Goliath with courage and determination, people looked at him with shock. Dressed in his clothes, and carrying rocks and a sling, they believed David’s death to be absolute. No way could David defeat Goliath! With one stone, however, David brought down the giant that had ridiculed and rebuked the Israelites for over forty days. David used the sling that he took with him to tend to his sheep, and God took it and gave it the power to do an incredible act, blessing David for his faith and remaining true to the anointing that He placed on David’s life.
Now, for Moses. The story of Moses confronting Pharaoh is one of my favourites, not because it has a film made after it or because it is believed to be one of the most awesome stories of the Bible (hence the film), but because Moses did not believe that he could do great things. When Moses got a glimpse of God’s plan, he questioned him. When God instructed Moses to confront Pharaoh, Moses hesitated because he was not a grand speaker who could sway the minds of people. How could God use him?
Moses was a shepherd and truly believed that it was all he was capable of. He was comfortable with his wooden rod by his side, and his flock at his feet. Taking down a great ruler and freeing God’s chosen people from a life of slavery? God better think twice…but, not surprisingly, Moses had to. If Moses was so comfortable in his role, what better way to make him a shepherd of a nation and to use his rod to show the power and glory of God?
Moses and Aaron’s rods were made of wood. If they had been laid down with others in a pile, they would have most likely have been mistaken for another. But, God took what they had and made it spectacular. Seas were parted, water was turned into blood, wood became a snake! Moses and Aaron had no idea what they were carrying, but God did…
I have questioned God’s plan for my life, time and time again. Does He really have a plan for me? Will I know what to do when the time comes? When these questions become too much, I try to remember that He is the ultimate creator, and it is through Him that I have my being.
“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” -Genesis 2:7
God took something as humble as dust and through His breath, created life! It is His breath that I have in my lungs, and from that alone, I know that He is using my life for something greater than I could ever imagine.
It is through Him that our purpose is revealed and through us that He chooses to show His glory. What a gift… what a purpose… what a miracle!
By: Heather From