There is a story of this man named Balaam who was being paid to curse God’s people, the nation of Israel. You can read the whole story in Numbers 22, but for the purpose of this blog, I’ll give you the “Spark Notes” version of the tale. Probably dating myself a little bit here but for those of you who don’t know what I am referring to when I mention “Spark Notes” these were the abbreviated versions, notes per say, that gave the recap and pointed out the main points and characters of books that I, and many others out there, were forced to read in our English classes in high school. Without these notes, I’m not sure how I would have passed those English classes. But I digress. Now back to our story. So Balaam was going to curse God’s chosen people, the Israelites. But God had warned him not to. So while Balaam was on his way, God sent an angel to stop him. The donkey Balaam was riding on kept veering off of the path and eventually came to a halt. Balaam didn’t know why his donkey was acting so strangely because he couldn’t see the angel. God opened the mouth of the donkey and it started talking to Balaam. Now I don’t know about you but I would have found that really weird if a donkey was talking to me, probably be like Doctor Dolittle or Shrek, but apparently not Balaam because he responded right away to his donkey. Anyhow God finally opened Balaam’s eyes so he could see the angel. Balaam ended up blessing the Israelites instead of cursing them. God used Balaam’s donkey that day to not only save Balaam’s life but also to save the nation of Israel.
The morale of the story here is that it doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, what skills you have or don’t have, God can and will use you to accomplish great things in this life. If God can use a donkey, He can surely use you. God doesn’t call the qualified, He equips the unqualified. The greatest ability is your availability. I know that is true because if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now. I’m not the most qualified and I definitely didn’t have the ability, but I made myself available and God equipped me to do it. If you would have polled all my English teachers and asked them which student in their classes would most likely end up writing a book, I guarantee I would have been the last person on the planet they would have picked, in fact they probably wouldn’t have picked me at all. But I did it. Not because I had the ability, because God knows I didn’t, but because I made myself available. Not because I was qualified, heck I have a degree in Mathematics, but because God equipped me to do so.
So the next time those thoughts of doubt begin to creep into your head that you can’t be used to do great things in this life, just remember if God can use a donkey there is nothing that can hold Him back from using you. He can use anything! So He most definitely can use you.