“Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” (Jeremiah 1:4-6)
The history of humanity has known many prodigies; people, young men and women who before the age where they could or would be taught seem to know things or know how to do things. I am sure you, beloved reader, know or know of such people; perhaps you were or are one yourself. But it is not just the knowledge of humanity – that is, human knowledge and ability – that is gifted or blessed upon a person in this way. Knowledge of God and the understanding of God’s ways can come to young people, in a fuller measure than one would expect at that young an age.
“But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” (Verses 7 – 8)
Where there is talent and skill, there also needs to be courage and confidence; it does no one any good for a prodigy to know she/he is a prodigy and never do anything about it. It is up to us too, beloved reader, when seeing gifted-ness in another to speak up, and the person claim it.
“Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” (Verses 9 – 10)
All of us are important and blessed in God’s plan. We each have a part in it. Some are called at an early age, and others later in life. So never doubt that you have been called – for you have been. And beloved reader, I need to heed my own advice as well. I have doubts about myself and my calling. May each of us listen for the Lord’s calling and answer it with enthusiasm and gratitude. Selah!