Often times we view the people in the Bible as very special, and not ordinary people like ourselves. However, if you examine the scripture closely they had the same doubts, fears, and questions as we do; but when called by God, they answered. I will give you a few examples of the ordinary, turned extraordinary.
Moses was living in the desert for forty years. He was on the run so to speak. If you calculate this out it would be 480 months, 2,080 weeks, or 14,650 days. I am pretty sure after this length of time, he never expected God to show up. Certainly he never saw himself being called to such a huge assignment as freeing God’s chosen people. – Exodus 3
Do you really think Noah thought on his 500th birthday he would be building a huge boat, when it had not rained in forever? He had been a faithful man all these years, but up until this assignment his life had been pretty ordinary. – Genesis 5
Did a young shepherd boy dream one day he would be summoned from his flock to be anointed as King? His life consisted of taking care of smelly, nasty, sheep day after day. I am pretty sure his life felt pretty ordinary to him. – David 1 Samuel 16
Did an orphan named Esther know she would grow up to be Queen? Esther’s life was full of heartache. She lost both her parents, she was taken into captivity, and then she was separated from her Uncle. I am sure she did not feel like her life was anything spectacular.-- Esther
Did a young boy, who was solved into slavery by his brothers, know one day he would be second in charge of all Egypt. At times he probably felt abandoned and alone. I am sure he was not thinking of ruling over a nation. -- Joseph the dreamer Genesis 41
What about a ruthless man who set out to kill or imprison all Christians. Do you think he ever thought he would be suffering for the name of the Lord? However this was probably one of the most important events, besides the death and resurrection Jesus Christ. – Paul Acts 9
So when you look at all these events they all start with One Day. One Day they had a “thin moment”; God manifested himself in their life. I love those words One Day because it means it is never too late for God! He never forgets us, he never thinks we are to old, to young, to dumb, to poor, to wayward, and the list goes on and on. All these stories have another point in common; they were all shockers. No one expected any of these people to accomplish the great task God laid before them. I think that was the point all along. By allowing ordinary people to accomplish God sized task, it was obvious who was in control. God wanted his glory and power to shine through in every situation.
God so wants to take us to the mountaintops to see all his beauty. Although we can’t live there all the time, I want God to show me as many of those moments as possible. Are you selling yourself short today? Do you think “thin moments” only happen to others? God is waiting to take your breath away; all he requires is your obedience to the call.