Happy Potter Tuesday! Today we are venturing down Diagon Alley for Harry’s first school shopping trip accompanied by half-giant, Hagrid.

“He usually gets me ter do important stuff fer him. Fetchin’ you — gettin’ things from Gringotts — knows he can trust me, see.” ~ Hagrid about Dumbledore

Dumbledore trusts Hagrid, even against the advice of his colleagues. Why? I think it is because Dumbledore trusts Hagrid’s heart to do good, even if he makes mistakes. Dumbledore trusts that Hagrid is loyal to him and would never slip-up intentionally. This made me think about who it is that God uses to do important tasks. If you read the Bible through, you’ll notice that God doesn’t choose the brightest, wisest, most skilled, or likely candidates to do his work. Rather, he chooses that last person that anyone would ever choose to complete a certain task.

To salvage life from the Flood he chose a drunk (Noah). To lead the people out of Israel he chose a murderer with a speech impediment (Moses). To save the Jews from slaughter he chose an orphan girl (Esther). To carry on his mission he chose a fisherman who had turned his back on him (Peter) along with tax-collectors and other non-religious folk.

Why does God do this? For the same reason I believe Dumbledore trusted Hagrid with big tasks,

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

God doesn’t look at our height, strength, beauty, talent, skills, connections, etc. He looks at our hearts. And when he finds a heart that is truly his, there is nothing he can’t do through that person…

The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. ~ 2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT

Dumbledore trusted Hagrid so much he sent him to fetch Harry as a baby, and he sent him to usher Harry back into the wizarding world. I’d love to go back-to-school shopping with Hagrid, just saying. 😉

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