But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"
Have you ever been given a task to do for which you felt neither qualified nor equipped? How did you handle the situation? Did you take a deep breath, hold your nose, and plunge in despite your doubts? Or, did you, like Moses, make excuses for yourself and your perceived inadequacies?
In the second book of my Glade Series trilogy, "Children in the Garden," ten-year-old Davy is told by his mentor and friend, Grey, a True Squirrel of the Old Ones, that there will soon be a celebration at The Glade in his honor. Davy is beside himself with excitement until he finds out that he is expected to stand before all the Old Ones and give each of them a new name:
At these words, Davy froze. He dreaded getting up in front of the class at school to give a speech, much less perform. What would he be expected to do? Would Grey be right by his side to lend assurance? An unsettling storm of anxiety began to brew in his stomach. As though he could read Davy's mind, Grey leaped in front of him, and cupped his stricken face in his two front paws.
"Look me in the eye, child," said the squirrel in a calm and soothing voice. "I am telling you this ahead of time so you can be prepared; this is not the sort of thing that you would think was a pleasant surprise, would you? See? All the delightful surprises, those I won't tell you, but this one," here he patted both of Davy's cheeks, "I will explain, assist, encourage, and be right there at your side through the whole thing."
Davy's stomach calmed at Grey's words and touch. He met his friend's gaze intently.
Grey placed his paw over his heart and said, "With all that I was, all that I am, and all that I will be."
Although the Lord promises Moses that He will be with him at every turn on this mission to rescue Israel, Moses questions and doubts. He thinks God has chosen the wrong man for the job. He demands reassurance again and again. Yet, we know how this story ends, don't we?
Will it be the same for Davy? Will he trust Grey enough to follow through?
Will you trust the Lord to see you through those seemingly insurmountable moments in your life?
Will you pray with me?
We thank You, Father, for the great patriarchs of the Bible who show us what it means to fully trust in You. Although, like Moses, we may balk and doubt and question You, help us to remember that You are the great I AM and You will always see us through. Amen.