Wednesday, April 15, 2009

God chose what is regarded as nothing...

How quick we are to judge other people! First impressions are made sometimes with lightning fast precision. That's what the audience and judges of Britain's Got Talent did to this middle-aged Scottish woman whose appearance was, well, a bit off. Were they ever surprised! You will be too! Four million people have watched this clip of the show on YouTube so far -- wait, since I saw it two hours ago it's now over five million viewers! Watch it and find out why. [I had to post a lower quality version of the video here. For the best quality, click here to go to YouTube for the HQ version.]

But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in his presence. (1 Corinthians 1:27-29, NET)

The song was telling her life story and she sang it with passion, even though it was terribly sad, about the loss of dreams and hope. Near the beginning Susan Boyle sang:

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living...

I have found that it's hard to live up to our dreams and that it is so easy to lose hope. When life takes a wrong turn, despair is right there. Without God, I would be nothing today. I would have given up. I would not have had the courage Susan Boyle showed to keep trying at age 47! What I have found, instead, is that with God, the ability to dream is brought back to life. Christ is our hope. In faith, we turn to a God who goes so far beyond our dreams that we must learn how to dream all over again!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21, TNIV)


  1. I saw it last night as well - it's inspiring to say the least.

  2. Ken, words cannot describe what I felt, what a gift from God. One certainly cannot judge a book by its cover. Many thanks, A.

  3. It was a pleasant surprise to watch such a perfect voice coming out of such a plain looking woman. My opinion is that she is one of the 'all-time great' examples of the foolishness of "judging a book by its cover".

  4. Great comments, guys. You said it well "A."

    Would you believe the Susan Boyle video on youtube is now at 40,833,472 views!!!




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