“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[a] of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” — Micah 5:2
Funny how we always look to the big, important place for news. We tune our televisions to Washington, DC, or the Kremlin or some other such significant spot. But more often than not, the stories that get our attention happen in small towns. even in our own neighborhoods.
The same is true of people. We expect great men and women to graduate from Harvard or Princeton. We expect them to be tall and beautiful and have impressive social connections. We watch with bated breath to see what these qualified youngsters will contribute to the world.
Yet, we're often surprised when truly great men and women come from our own city block or from the local farm up the road. What? A farmer? What can he possibly know?
God loves surprises. He likes to work through seemingly insignificant people. That way, when a truly humble person with truly humble circumstances accomplishes something great for God, He gets the credit. And if He chooses insignificant people from insignificant places, I suppose that means He may choose me. Or you. Any one of us can be great for God, when we recognize the greatness is only from Him and not from ourselves.
Dear Father, thank You for choosing insignificant people. I want You to have Your way in me. Amen.