In God’s plan, there are no small parts #FaithFriday

If you are stopping by from Encouragement Cafe or Crosswalk, I am thrilled to have you join me here on #transformed. I would love to continue the conversation by sharing a story from my college days.

About a million years ago,  when I was at Concordia University in Austin Texas {GO TORNADOES!}, a little film crew came through to shoot a small scene in one of our classrooms. At the time, the movie was just getting started and would take a whopping 12 years to complete!

It was all very glamorous of course. We were told when to enter and exit, assigned seats, told when to “laugh,” and of course did all of this over and over and over again. All for the sake of a few moments in the film.

My friends and I played a very tiny role in a movie encompassing a twelve-year span.

Unless you were there, you could probably care less about the people sitting in those seats. We added nothing to the storyline, we just filled the space.

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But there’s one thing I learned in my years of theater.

There are no small parts…

The same goes for those obscure stories of the Bible…

Scripture is filled with profound stories of faith in action. Stories worth remembrance…

Noah built an ark in the desert, Job remained faithful despite immense trials and tribulations, Joseph saved his family even after they sold him into slavery, Moses lead God’s people out of slavery and across the wilderness into the Promised Land, Joshua brought down a city by marching around its walls, Esther risked her life to save the Israelites, Gideon took on an army with only 300 men and pottery, David slew the giant Goliath with a rock, Elijah challenged over 400 prophets and won, Peter boldly walked on water, Paul’s zeal for the Gospel still makes him the greatest evangelist of all time, and a multitude more.

These are some of our favorites not only because of their testimony but because they are entertaining. They capture our hearts and our attention.

I have no doubt, we could list modern day men and women whose faith rings loudly. We feast on their books, regale others with their stories of faith, and secretly wish we had a faith as loud as theirs.

But what of those who’s story seems…well…insignificant? Testimonies that seem almost bland and will probably never be made into their own major motion picture…or even an episode of VeggieTales.

Lackluster stories sometimes make us wonder…why bother including it in Scripture?

Take for instance 90% of the Judges {you probably only know of Samson, Gideon, and maybe Deborah but they cover only a tiny portion of the judges listed}, then there are the minor prophets {not many people are gung-ho about Obadiah}, and other snippets of faith peppered between giants.

Let’s take a quick look at one of these, the judge Othniel.

The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs. The anger of the Lord burned against Israel so that he sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years. But when they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them. The Spirit of the Lord came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died. (‭Judges‬ ‭3‬:‭7-11‬ NIV)

The poor guy gets five verses in all of Scripture, but what God calls him to do is far from insignificant. After being subject to “Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim” for eight years, God sends Othniel to deliver his people.

Boom, done, forty more years of peace. The End.

If this story and others like it were simply to help keep track of the passage of time, surely the authors could’ve provided a timeline or list.

God has a purpose for inspiring each author to include these seemingly insignificant bits of our history.

If my friends and I had not occupied those classroom seats, the scene would have been more than empty, it would lose all meaning. Instead of focusing in on the main characters and their storyline, you would sit there wondering why this professor is teaching an empty classroom.

Though my friends and I did nothing to add to the drama, you would certainly notice if we were missing.

Same goes for those seldom read and seldom studied stories of faith found in Scripture…or the detailed feasts and “what to do if you have a boil” instructions found in Leviticus. We may not understand their significance, but without them, the Bible would begin to lose the depth and beauty found only when even those in the background play their part and play it well.

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You may feel like your faith story is insignificant or lack that heroic feel. That those like Billy Graham and Beth Moore are more deserving of the spotlight and our admiration. But the truth is, your life, your testimony is vital to God. It is part of His intricate plan to bring His Son to every nation so that all may be redeemed.

So, I’m curious…what is your story? How did you come to know Jesus? Inquiring minds want to know, leave a comment below.

For me, I grew up knowing Jesus as more than a nice guy. My mom kept us active in worship, Sunday School, and bravely lead our youth group for years. I went through Confirmation when I was in 7th-8th grade and stood before my friends, family, and God to claim my faith as my own and not just a promise my parents made at my Baptism.

However, there was a defining moment when I was a junior in high school, after some pretty significant trials, I made the conscious choice to follow and obey Jesus no matter what.

It was more than “Yes, I believe,” it was, “Yes, I will follow.”

I pray that God would use me in any way possible to draw others closer to Christ, or even to Him for the first time. No matter how insignificant it may seem, every time we obey His Word and His Call, we strike a blow at satan, reminding him Who is really in charge.

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PS. If you feel like taking a trip down memory lane with me…here are a bunch of pictures from my theater days in college. Just remember…it was college, these are my friends, you’re gonna laugh, but be nice LOL 😉

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5 thoughts on “In God’s plan, there are no small parts #FaithFriday

  1. Girl, wow! What powerful truths you have pulled out both in your EC message as well as today’s. And the analogy you used from the movie just brought it all the more alive. Especially Othniel and your “oh, so Heather” way of getting a point across “Boom done. 40 more years of peace. The End.” So, so true.

    I really mean it when I say thank you for opening my eyes to a new way to read the stories in God’s Word. Not focusing on the “star” in the story, but on those God hand-picked to be in the supporting roles.

    Love you,

    me

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  2. “We may not understand their significance, but without them, the Bible would begin to lose the depth and beauty found only when even those in the background play their part and play it well.”

    Heather, this wisdom unveiled the eyes of my heart. You have no idea how much I treasure this truth. I agree with Wendy, this post and your devotional on Encouragement Cafe are game changers. Certainly changed the game for me! Thank you dear sis! I love you!

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