Extraordinary for the Ordinary
I was sitting in an arena with 10,000 women..listening to the speakers, laughing, crying, understanding. Realizing that I truly hope to do this one day. To speak from the heart, from experience, relating my life stories to the divine power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Suddenly it hit me! On the stage before me were women with exceptional, professional backgrounds. CEO's, TV reporters, TV Hosts...and there I sat..in my ordinary life, not having the background of any of those women. For a few days, this played on me. Satan attempting to convince me that I am nothing. I have no right to believe I belonged there. Then the Lord simply said, "I can take your ordinary life to do extraordinary things! Maybe the platform you see before you isn't the one I intend for you to stand on."
I know one thing about my life, it is colorful, to say the least. From a young age, I have encountered obstacles that would make anyone shake their head in disbelief. Amazingly beyond that, I had someone, my entire life, be there to show me a glimpse of Jesus love. Whether it was a neighbor, a distant family member or a stranger. The Lord called to me. Take for instance a grandfather of one of my cousins. When I was only five, and right before he passed, he gave me a set of praying hands. I knew nothing about prayer. Yet for some reason, I would sit for my entire childhood and place my tiny hands over those porcelain hands and talk. I didn't know to who, but I spoke out for help, for protection. That same man gave me a blue, New Testament bible. I never read much past the genealogies, at five, who can?? But I sure knew there was something incredible in those words. As I got older, there were neighbors who took me to church functions, and more neighbors that just took me to church. My family would attend periodically at a local catholic church. When I was 18, sitting in an ICU ward, watching my fiancee in a coma, a stranger walked up and asked me to pray with her, "The Lord told me to pray with you." So I sat, in the middle of Denver Health (then called Denver General) and prayed with a stranger, when I didn't know anything about why we should pray! Somehow, the Lord found a way to appear in my little world, then my bigger world, until He became my only world.
I have been groomed to speak about the power of the Lord. Everything in my life has lead me to a point where I can relate to others in many different aspects of their lives and I can show them just how God has worked in mine. The Lord has filled me with wisdom, sometimes deeper insight then where other people care to look. The Lord has brought me through one obstacle after another. Peace has come and gone internally, but the Lord has held me through it all. Worry and doubt, yes, I've done them both. Confusion, yep! Anger, sadness and disappointment in God, yes to that too! Freedom? Love? Forgiveness? Strength? From the best to the worst of the ride, I've walked right through, with Jesus there to walk beside me, push behind me, be a guide in front of me, and tenderly, lift and carry me.
Ah Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth, by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
I fully believe that there is nothing about my life that would make it "ordinary". Quite the contrary, to know what God has done through all these years is quite extraordinary! It is that way for each and every one of us! If we are being held back, it is our own doing! I know one thing for certain, the Lord doesn't look down on any of us and call us ordinary. He is the KING!!! The royal head, the majesty!! That makes us a part of the royal family! Crowned princes and princesses! We are the adopted family of His Majesty! There is nothing ordinary in that! I can be confidant in the power of the Lord to accomplish His will using the ordinary me in an extraordinary way!!!!!!!!!!
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.
Maybe you are doing all God desires for you right now, at this time. Maybe you long to do something more, but have little faith in your abilities to get it done. Maybe you are like me, sitting patiently waiting for the Lord's time to appear. You are ready and willing. And while you wait, you have Satan trying to tell you, you "can't" do this! Whatever is your circumstance, I pray that you will always know, you are a child of God called to live life extraordinarily, by His love, grace and mercy. You are set apart to do extraordinary things in what I choose to call, this ordinary world!!! Stay strong, and stand firm, and believe the Lord is in control!
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more then we all ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever.!!!
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