Seeing an orca is pretty unusual. You’d have to spend time hanging around the ocean on a boat to see them or go to Sea World. In 2000, I watched two killer whales, a mama and her baby playing in the wake of the cruise ship we were on. It was pretty cool, they would swim back and forth and through the boat’s wake, playfully enjoying that moment.
Surviving a den full of hungry lions or a fiery furnace is pretty unusual. In fact, I have never heard of any story where this happened other than Daniel and the lion’s den and Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (Babylonian names: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) in the fiery furnace. For most people that is very unusual, and pretty frightening if they were condemned to those fates.
But, God in his power and wisdom protected and saved these men. He closed the mouths of the lions and prevented the fire from hurting his servants, who stood firm and faithful even though the culture said just go along with it, and the law said these are the consequences if you don’t.
What is unusual may be that someone had that kind of faith. The CIA teaches their recruits that when they are captured by an enemy, the interrogation and cruel and inhuman treatment will continue, relentlessly, and endlessly until they break and reveal their secrets or they die. So the first rule for a CIA operative is do not get caught.
Christian history is filled with countless followers of Christ who stood firm like Daniel and his three friends, and either died for their faith as these men were willing to do, or endured persecution until they were released. God does not tell us do not get caught; he does say stand firm and trust me.
I believe in the unusual.