The Last Shall Be First
by: Dana Huffman
Do you feel small in this world? Are you the baby of the family? Do you have no seniority at work? Are you near the bottom of your class? Rejoice my friend! God sees and cares about you! King David was the littlest pea in the pod. When it came time for a king to be chosen from his family, no one even thought to invite him to the line up. In fact, everyone forgot about him until the prophet Samuel asked if there were any more children in the family!
When I got a teaching position in Africa, an acquaintance of mine rightly blinked in shock, "You?!" It was shocking. Had they lined up candidates on my campus, I would have been near the end of that line. I was bashful and backward in many ways. As new teachers we were urged to visit school principals in order to promote ourselves. I was too shy to visit any. I wasn't an honor student and nothing about my resume was impressive. Nearly all overseas principals wanted experienced teachers, preferably those who had traveled internationally. I fit in neither category. There was nothing about me that the American Embassy School would find extraordinary, and yet I was picked to be their second grade teacher. Why? God had seen me and God had willed it.
God lifts up the ordinary and weak, those society might call small or plain. Isn't that great news? While the world is gazing upon celebrities and popular singers, sports figures and big businessmen, honor students and people with titles, God--- is looking at you kid! His eye is on the sparrow!
Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, "The Lord has not chosen these." So he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him..." 1 Samuel 16:10-11 NIV
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