Throughout the history of the world, it’s very interesting to see who God chooses to accomplish His work. Looking at the Bible, we see many unlikely people chosen to do the Lord’s work. If we had to choose for the Lord, would we have ever picked Moses (with his speech impediment) to lead the Israelites out of slavery, the cowardly and hot-headed Simon Peter to be the first Pope or the Christian hating Saul/Paul to spread the gospel to the Gentiles?
As mentioned in the First Reading from today’s Mass, the Lord gives Samuel some insight into His decision to reject the obvious candidates and choose David as King:
But the LORD said to Samuel: “Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him. Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the LORD looks into the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)
Many times, we will be asked to serve the Lord in some way and decline for various reasons. Maybe we don’t think we’re worthy, maybe we don’t feel we could do a good job or maybe we even feel that the work is beneath us. It’s important to take such opportunities to prayer, remembering that the Lord often “draws straight with crooked lines”. If He asks us to accomplish something, He will equip us with the necessary tools.
I encourage you to pay attention to the call of the Lord in your life and look for ways that you can serve Him. God knows us better than we know ourselves and will often call on talents that are unknown to us. Take comfort in these Biblical stories and always remember the words of St. Paul:
“Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:10)