A Seventh-day what?” the musician asked Danny as they stood in the green room of a local Christian television station. Danny was stunned. This man had never heard of his church, or anything about Sabbath-keepers. It astonished him that people in his own community had no idea who their fellow Seventh-day Adventist Christians were.
Lord, why is it that in spite of running the largest Protestant school system in the world, as well as hundreds of hospitals and clinics all over the world, people still don’t know who we are, or what we believe? Danny asked. Shouldn’t we be the head and not the tail?
At that exact moment Danny Shelton cast the hook of his destiny into God’s sea of divine appointment. God, why don’t You raise up someone to build a television station that will reach the world with the message of Your soon coming?
God had been patiently waiting for Danny to ask that question—to bait the hook of Danny’s heart with a dream. That very night, He would impress him with what He told the apostle Paul on that fateful day on the Damascus road, “Son, I choose you to do this work.”
There was only restless, shallow, monologue sleep for Danny that night, as he heard the same words running through his mind, Why doesn’t someone tell God’s people the truth about Jesus’ return, and warn them to be ready? Then, suddenly there was a tug as God set the hook on Danny’s heart. He knew the words weren’t his as they blazed through his mind; I want you to build a television station that will reach the world with the undiluted three angels’ message, one that will counteract the counterfeit.
What was he hearing? God, I wasn’t asking You if I could do this, I was asking why someone else wasn’t doing it! Again he heard the words, and the message was loud and clear—I want you to build a television station that will reach the world with the undiluted three angels’ message, one that will counteract the counterfeit.
Danny knew about the three angels’ messages. They are found in Revelation 14:6–12—an end-times message of love, urging all men to come out of false worship and begin worshiping the true God, the Creator of heaven and earth. But now he wrestled within, as he tried to explain to the Lord why he was not qualified. There’s no way I could do this, he reasoned. I’d be the last person in the world, since I know nothing about television except how to sing in front of cameras! I have no education in communications, no money, and no influential friends.
Don’t worry; I will provide, God assured him.
As Danny struggled with his feelings of inadequacy, God reminded him of someone who was seemingly as unqualified. Back in 1843, God had chosen Ellen Harmon, a seventeen-year-old girl, to speak for Him. She had not only been challenged by a mere three years of formal schooling, she was also in poor health. Many who knew her didn’t expect her to live a long or healthy life; however, God used Ellen’s willingness, allowing her to preach to thousands and write books that are still changing lives all over the world. God had used this young girl, known to millions as Ellen G. White, to help build the foundational pillars of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, along with the many health institutes, schools, and publishing houses that still thrive today.
Danny took a deep breath, and stared squarely at the impossible. With another tug on his heart, and God’s assurance that his task was to build a television station that would reach the world, he submitted his will to the Father. As the words of Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” came to his mind, Danny spoke out loud, “Okay, God, if this is from You, I’ll go forward, if You’ll supply every need.”
In our next chapter, we’ll see how Danny’s dream becomes tangible, and starts unfolding into God’s vision.
Author, Hal Steenson