Many people think they need to pursue their “giftings”—their natural talents—as if that area of developed expertise proves God’s plan for their lives. I wonder. Could God’s plan for our lives call for a skill we didn’t know we had?
God didn’t call Moses because he was a charismatic speaker. I can imagine Moses saying, “You want me to do what? You don’t understand. The Jews hate me because I was raised in Pharaoh’s house, as an Egyptian. Everybody else hates me because I killed an Egyption. Besides that, I flunked speech class.”
Gideon must have been shocked when the angel said, “Behold, mighty man of valor.” He probably thought, “Behold, mighty coward hiding from the enemy,” would have been more accurate. Two miraculous signs were needed before he could be convinced that God had chosen him to lead an army.
When David was anointed by the prophet Samuel, he hadn’t even been invited to the party. How could a shepherd boy interrupt the line of succession and become king of Israel? I suspect, during the time when he soothed King Saul’s anger by playing his harp, he saw no way God’s plan could be fulfilled. He never dreamed he would one day bring Goliath to the ground.
I am a “poster child” representing the multitude whose lives have been turned to what they thought was impossible. Growing up, I hated writing with a passion. Now, it’s my life.
Perhaps, if we’re willing to accept his call, God will plant whatever seed of talent is needed, and that will develop into a miracle we never thought possible. Could it be that our surrender to what God wants is what matters, not our talent?