“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” The Imitation Game
Last night, Carol and I watched The Imitation Game, the story of mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who built a machine that broke the Nazi Enigma code in WWII. The quote above was repeated several times in the movie and grabbed my attention.
Yesterday morning I preached on the feeding of the 4,000 (Mark 8:1-10). It is the second of two feeding miracles in the gospel of Mark. In Mark 6:30-44, Jesus feeds the 5,000. In both miracles, Jesus takes a little and turns it into a lot. He uses five loaves and two fish to feed between 5,000-20,000 people (6:30-44). He takes seven loaves and a few sardines to feed 4,000 people (8:1-10). Jesus can take a little and turn it into much.
I often hear people comment, “God can never use me. I have nothing to offer. I don’t have any gifts.” I’ve been known to downplay and discount my own contributions on occasion. “I just don’t have the gifts/personality/abilities/charisma that ___________ has. How could God ever use me?”
And yet, those are the people that God loves to work in and through. If I make myself available to him, he can take my little and use it for his glory. Though I or anyone else may not imagine anything of me, God can use what I have to do things no one can imagine.