Monday, May 25, 2009
I have been thrilled watching two unknown Brits getting an opportunity to display remarkable musical talents on television and internet.
Paul Potts,a shy electronics salesman, bursts forth with opera and the audience at "Britain's Got Talent" cheer and cry. Ultimately for Paul a royal command performance and a wide open door.
Latterly a spunky little Scottish spinster and church volunteer wows the same program with powerful show tunes. Again the world watches with glee. Perhaps this Susan Boyle will win the current competition.
In general we empathize with the unassuming people who are often nearly invisible in our midst.Their appearance is never noticed. Their comments are seldom heeded. Their name is never called early for selection. They quietly let others pass through to the brass ring of success. They often possess sweet humility. Pray that they not be broken.
But let God give a talent, a few encouraging friends or family, a little opportune coaching, a dash of favour in the endeavour, and PRESTO, the butterfly emerges!
We want to see this. We want to know that little guys still occasionally get their dream. We regret what we see in the world of partiality and favouritism. Read the comment in James 2:5,6:
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats.
So what is our part with these unnoticed pearls? See them. Hear them. Affirm them. Help them. Smile at them. Watch what God does next. He appreciates a partner like you in this process.