By Wanambwa M. Rogers
The title suggests extraordinary circumstances from the very beginning, don’t you think? In life, you’ll find that time and again, life will throw you out of your comfort zone and you’ll find that the people that will be there for you may be the strangest of all.
Let me expound a little. Let’s look at Acts 3:1:
“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.”
Acts 3:1 KJV
This chapter and particular verse seem innocent enough but there are many things to learn from it(well as is the whole Bible if you have noticed the articles I write here).
In verse one, we see two of Jesus’ disciples, Peter(also called Simon) and John his long-time counterpart from their fishing days, to being called upon by Jesus and later on, to working together while preaching the gospel.
From all this, it may appear as though these men were like minds. Contrary to that, they are so much of opposites that this appears to have been their sticking glue.
Consider this passage from an article by Bible Hub:
‘The scene and the persons are first set before us. It was natural that a close alliance should be cemented between Peter and John, both because they were the principal members of the quartet which stood first among the Apostles and because they were so unlike each other, and therefore completed each other. Peter’s practical force and eye for externals, and John’s more contemplative nature and eye for the unseen, needed one another. So we find them together in the judgment hall, at the sepulcher, and here.’~ Bible Hub
It is from this background and many more like it like Elijah and Elisha’s story, David and Jonathan(whom I have written about before on this blog), and even Jesus and His twelve, that I come to a realization that it when the oddest of alliances are formed that great things begin to happen.
As people, we may not struggle so much as to remain with like minds and kindred than to make networks with people from all walks of life.
It is when we transcend boundaries and petty differences that big things begin to happen.
It is no happenstance then, that the greatest selling book in the world, the Bible be written throughout 1,600years by men and women from all walks of life but remains in tune with its main theme, God.
Look at the greatest and biggest accomplishments of man and you’ll realize that all were reached upon because of odd alliances. Name one and you’ll be sure to find an odd alliance in there somewhere.
And so I urge you the reader to get out of your shell and connect with the world around you. Bring out the greatness in you. Make an odd alliance today.