But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence.1 Corinthians 1:27-29
“O Lord,” she asked, “please use me!”
And this the Lord replied,
“I have a few requirements,
These must yourself describe.”
“The first, I’ll say, is ‘foolish,’
The world will call you this.
Foolish to confound the wise,
The ‘worldly-wise’ that is!”
Foolish men I’ve used before,
Who gave up all for me –
Because they knew they’d gain rewards
That’d last eternally.
The second on my list is ‘weak,’
For then my power can flow;
In and through the humble one
Who to the Lord will go.
‘Weak’ to shame the ‘mighty ones’
Who lack the one true God –
Righteous prophets, and judges small,
Defeated kings against all odds.”
“Wait, my Lord, I’m so confused –
For foolish and weak am I!
But need I not be great and strong,
To please my Lord on high?”
“I will finish up my list,
My child, with just three more,
And when I’m done, it will be clear,
What I desire for sure!
The third description I will choose
Is ‘base’ things of the world;
Things esteemed of little worth –
Forgotten, Low, Absurd.
Women full of ill repute,
Were saved – to tell others the way!
Even a donkey can be used,
The words of the Lord to say!
‘Things despised’ is number four,
What others may loathe and scorn.
Though overlooked by most who see,
God uses to open closed doors.
Like, lepers of old time,
Grotesque, ill, and shamed.
God choose to lead first
To the victory feast he’d made.
Last on our list
Is that you must be ‘not,’
In other words, really
Not esteemed as a lot.
For a man who is small
In his own eyes, and poor;
Is to me the perfect vessel –
The humble heart, I’ll restore.
So, you see, my dear child,
If you want to be used,
Check over this list,
And see if that describes you.
For I long to work through,
Every soul that I can!
Humbly trust and obey,
Then come be part of my plan!”
Nina came to know the Lord as a teenager, and is grateful for the Lord’s grace and mercy in her life as she has sought to grow in her relationship with Christ through the years.
She and her husband currently attend Lehigh Valley Baptist Church and enjoy being a part of the ministries there. Along with being a wife and homemaker, she is thrilled to be able to teach music lessons to a number of piano students in the area. Poetry and meditational or motivational writings based on scripture have also remained one of her passions through the years!