Thanks to the advances of technology, immediate was the worldwide response to the recognition of this gift, despite the sad condition of the bearer. Upon this recognition, Mr. Williams was immediately flung into stardom—all because someone recognized his gift.
Only days after, he was hosted on every major broadcasting network and media venue this vast nation has and was overwhelmed with offers of employment and housing. During one of those televised interviews he mentioned that the catalyst that changed his fate was the recognition of God’s constant care and preservation, especially of his voice. He realized that the Lord must have had something for him and he pledged to recognize the God in all his ways. It was amazing to see this man speaking freely of the love of God on national television. In fact, it was rather moving!
In a second interview he was reunited with his mother who, after ten years, was again given the opportunity to see her son. When asked if she had missed him, she reproached him lovingly, as only a mother can, saying that he would promise to go see her but would never show up. His response was that what kept him away was the shame of his condition. He thought he would bring shame and sadness to her heart if she saw him in his true condition. I believe Mr. Williams’ full recovery will come if he contineus to depend on God, and we pray that will be the case.
I typically don’t follow stories like these but this one pulled at me like a magnet, as I’m sure it did many others. Maybe it’s because each one of us can identify, to a certain degree, with Mr. Williams’ experience.
I couldn’t help but think of how many individuals today are in the same situation as Mr. Williams—a sorry spiritual state—yet feeling there’s something better out there. Each of us has been endowed by God with a unique gift, but unfortunately many of us have done as Mr. Williams did. We’ve taken that which was bestowed on us and squandered it on the follies of life. And after realizing it, we feel so ashamed that we isolate ourselves from the One who loves us most! The One who wishes to restore in us the former happiness and peace we once enjoyed, the joy that comes as a result of realizing that we’re accepted and loved by Him as we are, no matter what we’ve done.
God has bestowed upon each of us the gift of being called “sons [and daughters] of God.” 1 John 3:1. Wow! What a privilege; what an honor! Your 3ABN pastoral staff counts it a great joy to encourage you to lay hold of, by faith, and “neglect not the gift that is in thee.” 1 Timothy 4:14 KJV.
If your heart feels heavy and trodden by the weight of your guilt and shame, remember the inspired words recorded by prophet Jeremiah. “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3. Will you allow yourself to be drawn to God by the displays of His unwavering love?
“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 3:15 NIV.