I am an accomplished Author. I don’t say that as a boast, just a fact. I have had in access of 450 articles, 15 Novellas, and 4 novels published. I have “ghost written” a host of Blogs for many and sundry professionals, ranging from a Flight School to an Insurance Agency. The thing is, from the time I was in the eighth grade I knew I was going to be an Author, because at that time God told me I would win the Pulitzer Prize. What I didn’t know was that I was also going to be a TV Star!
Well, “Star” might be a tad bit of an exaggeration! But, I was on the number one morning TV Show in the State of Arizona some thirty-plus times. My “role,” if you would, was that of “Bible Guy.” And, the way I was “exalted” to that position is what this Blog is all about!
It was a Thursday morning in November of 2001. I was getting ready to go work at the Camelback Inn, and had turned on TV 3’s GOOD MORNING ARIZONA, per my regular routine. They were telling who would be on that day: The Car Guy, The Garden Guy, The Data Diva. As I was shaving, God spoke to me and said, “What they need is a Bible Guy.”
I responded with unbridled exuberance and my normal degree of humility!
“You’re right, Lord, and I am just the man for the job! Good Looking, Articulate, and Extremely Intelligent. Yes, Sir, I am your man!”
Excited to the point of un-containment, I went downstairs and advised, Chris, my wife, of my impending TV stardom. As usual when confronted with such proclamations from me, she smiled, said “Yes, Dear,” and waved good bye as she headed off to work! I finished my preparations and I, too, left for work.
In the approximately thirty minutes that it took me to drive to work, Satan (the Father of all Lies!) convinced me of two things: 1) TV 3 is a secular station, they are not going to want a Bible Guy!; and 2) Even if they did, they wouldn’t want you – – you aren’t anybody!
Once I got squared away at work I gave Chris a call and shared with her that my TV Career had been pretty short lived, telling her what I had “realized” on the way to work. Sharing a chuckle, neither of us gave it any more thought – – until that Sunday morning.
I don’t even remember what pastor’s sermon was about that week, but I do remember that he said these words: “When God tells you to do something you don’t have to do it … BUT, you better be ready to suffer the consequences if you don’t!” I nearly blanched right there in the pew, and said inaudibly, “Yes, Lord, I will have the letter in the mail tomorrow!”
And I did! I fired off a letter that said something to the effect that when it comes to the Bible, truth can be stranger than fiction. As proof, I shared the story of Balaam and his talking donkey. Excited about my impending success, I sat by the phone with bated breath waiting for their call.
It didn’t come the next day. Nor the day after that. Nor the day after that. Nor the day after that. Nor … well, I think you get the idea. However, one day in mid-December, when I got home from work, there was a message on our answering machine and, lo and behold, they wanted me to come in and talk about ol’ Balaam!
At that point in time, every evening at 7 pm, at the end of their newscast, TV 3 would announce who was going to be on their show the next morning. Chris and I tuned in, anxious to see what they would say about me. Everyone told who they would be interviewing, and finally it came to Dan Davis, who said, “I’m going to be with the ‘Bible Guy’, and I have no idea what that’s all about!” I sat there stunned, just staring at the TV screen … you see, nowhere in my letter had I alluded to being the Bible Guy!
Well, I went in and was, apparently, a big hit … for I appeared many, many times after that. After I had done twelve or fifteen shows, God and I had the following conversation:
Me: God, are you sure I am the right person for this job?
God: I sent you, didn’t I?
Me: Well, yes. But why did you send me?
God: You know the verse.
Me: (Ducking, in case there might be a lightning bolt): I’m the Bible Guy, Lord, I know a lot of verses! Which one did You have in mind in particular?
God: The one that says, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise” (I Cor. 1:27a KJV)
Now, what you may or may not know is that I have been foolish all of my life! My quick wit and amiable personality have made me a legend in my own mind as the “life of the party.” As a result of my obedience to God, not only did I have the opportunity to minister to the entire State of Arizona over a period of several years, I may be one of the few people in this century to know why I was created the way I was created!