“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord “and my servant whom I have chosen” (Isaiah 43:10, NKJV)
During a recent trip to Turkey, I was astonished by the size and weight of some of the doors in the Topkapi Palace and the St Sophia Museum. People from all over the world stood closer to admire the magnificent detail on these structure. What amazed me was that those huge doors opened and closed by swinging and rotating on just a few hinges. The hinge, as a mechanical bearing, is the only thing that connects those two solid doors to the wall. The hinges were not even visible to the eye, but played such a pivotal role in the door’s functionality.
It reminded me of the fact, that so many great and well-known people, famous preachers, authors, inventors, politicians and even actors owed much of their life, success or effectiveness to an unseen hinge. Just as a large door can swing on a small hinge, so can a significant moment or event in time be triggered by a small act, word or occurrence. These events, interventions and people who cross our paths are ‘hinges’ that God use as witnesses and methods to accomplish His purpose. These seemingly unimportant details are God’s way to strengthen and bless us as He shows Himself as strong on our behalf.
A casual reading of Scripture reveals many incidents of people that acted as hinges. The advice of a young girl led to the healing of Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army (2 Kings 5). Andrew led his brother Peter to Jesus (John 1:41 – 42). Jesus multiplied the bread and fish of a young boy (John 6:9). St Luke met with Paul which lead to the gospel spreading to Macedonia (Acts 16) and to Europe. History testifies of stories of revivals, awakenings and miracles that were due to unexpected occurrences in history.
We might not be the great and magnificent ‘door’ that is seen by others, but we can be the hinge that God uses to bless others. We can serve as the tools who help and support others to develop and grow into their full potential. One day when we look back over our lives or when we get to heaven we will discover how God used us to help mold and direct the lives of others. God wants you to be His hinge-man. Will you be that person who connects people to God and His agenda?