“Only” certainly holds a lot of perceived power.
If we aren’t careful, we allow our fears to be pulled into its grasp.
David was “only” a boy and a shepherd.
Esther was “only” a young woman.
Jeremiah and Timothy were “only” young men.
Mary was “only” a teen.
The widow in Mark 12:41-44 possessed “only” her last two copper coins for her offering
The first people to encounter the angel’s announcement of Jesus’ birth were “only” shepherds.
The first witnesses to the resurrection were “only” women.
But God has a way of transforming our perceptions.
David took on the role of king because “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7
Esther suddenly became queen: “Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” Esther 4:14
Jeremiah and Timothy’s fears were met with God’s exhortations: ( Jeremiah 1:7 Timothy 4:11-14)
Mary acknowledged her purpose: “I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened— I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!” Luke 1:46
The woman in Mark 12:41-44 gave extravagantly out of God’s lavish mercy
The shepherds and the women shared with abandon what they had witnessed; leaving behind any fears of being believed.
A new year approaches. What “only” is holding you back from embracing the vision God has set before you?
Let go and let God.
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