God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
Peculiar as defined by Webster
1. of only one person, thing, group, etc.; exclusive
2. particular; special
3. odd; strange.
A Peculiar Person...
Today, during a conversation with a dear friend [parent of one of my graduated second grade students, wife of a military man (that was alone for a year while he was in Iraq), godly woman, and daughter of a Baptist minister], used these words to describe me.
She said, that her father used to look at people that were following God in an unusual way and exclaim to them, “________ you are a peculiar person for the Lord!”
The word caught my attention. First of all, it is a fun word. It is nestled right on the same page with pecuniary (of or involving money) and pedagogue (a teacher) - two words that bring much emotion to my brain.
I am thankful that she clarified herself. I might be a bit worried about that whole ‘odd; strange’ definition. Yet, I know that I am a bit odd. Some call me eccentric. I like that better than odd; but, odd I am!
I am foolish for a time as this. I am strange.
I have opened my eyes in the middle of the night and looked into the deep darkness of my room. What am I doing? Spending an entire year in that orientation process for the mission, flying overseas and connecting with women that are from a different culture, desiring that they know and love God, quitting my job as an elementary teacher (a profession that I thought I would continue until the day I died!) selling my home, leaving my children????? Oh my, the peculiarity of it all!
And yet, I cannot do anything other than – follow Him.
A few weeks ago, I sat across from a new friend and now co-worker. I observed this woman that smuggled Bibles during darker days; this woman that glistens when she speaks of Jesus. This woman I will spend more and more time with in the future. These are the type of peculiar people I will be joining.
She smiled as she shared a truth that I am beginning to understand.
“It is much safer to be in the most dangerous place in the world in the Lord’s hands, than in suburbia, if you are called to go!”
There are those that are called to go, and those that are called to send. It appears I am one of those peculiar people that are called to go. What I know to be true; that I have been peculiar for a long time. I have friends that are peculiar. Friends right here in this place.
I met with one last night. She is intelligent, self-confident, kind, a great mother, a supportive wife – but she is peculiar. She loves watching how God moves in her life. Watching how He orchestrates the most intricate details of her daughter’s dance lessons. Seeing His hands as she trusts Him to provide more money to give to others that are ready to go, she readies herself to stay or go, whichever way He calls. At present, she rests in the knowledge that she is called to send. It will be interesting to see if God changes her ‘peculiarity’ as He did mine.
Are you peculiar?
Are you a peculiar person?
I wonder if Paul was considered a peculiar person. What about Daniel? Timothy? Peter? Mary? Deborah? Ruth? Phoebe? Priscilla? The list goes on…
From one peculiar person to many others! ;^D
"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."
A mutating missionary
Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Thursday, August 04, 2005
A little about me
I am in the world almost every day. Okay, daily.