They use “matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and more” to create their rhythms and music, and they are fantastic. Most of us would either overlook or reject these everyday items, but in the hands of a musical master even the most mundane and ordinary of objects can be a source of beautiful music.
We should both take note of and hope in that.
For God too uses whomever he chooses to convey His beautiful message of salvation. Yes, He uses the famous (as many of us witnessed in the post Super Bowl interviews), but more often he uses the lowliest.
Paul reminds us in I Corinthians 1:27-28 that “. . . God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.”
We should also keep in mind that if God used a prostitute and a Moabite to continue the line of David and then a sixteen year old to give His son birth, and if common fishermen and a despised tax collector were some of the men He used to change the world, then He could probably use us as well.
Yes, if ordinary people can make extraordinary music out everyday objects, then there is no question that the Creator of the universe can do something special with each one of us.
We should remember the words of Isaiah: “O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. (64:8)
So if we allow him to mold and shape us, then who knows what He has in store.
(Correction: Last week I said that Franklin Graham was the second child of Billy and Ruth Graham. He was actually the fourth. The correct order of children is as follows: Gigi, Anne, Ruth, Franklin, Ned. My apologies.)