Ordinary People, Extraordinary God

"Then the Lord turned to him and said, "Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!"

"But Lord," Gideon replied, "how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!"

The Lord said to him, "I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man." - Judges 6:14-16 (NLT)


This might sound crazy, but Judges is my most favorite book in the Bible. I hear you asking, "Out of all the books of the Bible, why Judges??" I love Judges because it is an account of human failure and a merciful God loving his people even during their sin. As for the story of Gideon, plopped right near the beginning of Judges, he was basically a coward who didn't have enough faith in God to believe that he would succeed. He believed that he was not enough, and that God had made a mistake in choosing him.


A few months back, I remember staring at my resume in disgust. I had put almost two hours of work into it to make it look professional and pretty. But when I printed it out and read it over, a deep sense of embarrassment and depression came over me. How was my resume so ordinary? I spent so long on it, yet the only notable careers I ever had were in minimal wage positions, salons, and a factory. How could I apply for a good paying job in writing and editing with no English degree and no experience? How could I ever get my dream job with a sad, little resume like that?