Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"Go Down, Moses!"


Exodus 3:11
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.

"You promise?"

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?


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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.

10 comments:

  1. I think there were many times in my life where I wasn't sure if I could handle the task at hand Martha. But I had to seek within myself and divine guidance - now when I look back, I sometimes can't imagine how I accomplished what seemed like an insurmountable task. Divine guidance and blessings of course. If we remember past experiences of achievement, we should move forward knowing we have it in us to get the job done. And there's a divine presence guiding us as well who won't let us down!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Vishnu!
      Yes - the presence and guidance of the Divine when we trust will always see us through. Like you, I think back on certain situations and know I only made it through because the Lord was with me. He never lets us down! :)
      Blessings to you!

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  2. I don't think there is a person alive who hasn't been in this position, Martha. I know we're are tested in life. I often wish this wasn't the case, but somehow I've managed to get through and wonder how... I do wonder, but then I remember, and smile from the outside in. There is always someone special batting for me helping me when I don't even know it. Beautifully said, Martha.

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by, Brenda!
      You are so right - we're all given challenges and tests as we live our lives. But, how would we grow and learn to trust otherwise? I'm glad the Lord is going to bat for me. :)
      Blessings and love!

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  3. The worst times in my life were those in which I thought I wasn't lovable enough for God to save me from the consequences of my bad choices - when I lost trust in Him. Now I've learned to trust and rest in His safe arms.

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    1. Oh, I hear you, Corinne. I went through those times, too, and they were the absolute worst! So comforted to know the Lord walks with me wherever I go and forgives me when I mess up. Thanks so much for visiting, my friend!
      Blessings and love!

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  4. I always thought I could do many things so well... but encountering the new and experimenting are things that make me jittery. I guess that's also because God wants to show me that He made us all creative and that we keep on learning many new things...

    I pray with you...I do believe that God will see us through in everything...

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Melissa! I don't think there is a one of us who doesn't feel uncertainty when tackling something new, but trusting in God does help us to move forward and get through it.
      Thank you for praying with me, dear friend!
      Love and blessings!

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  5. I have seen a lot, there is little I would shrink from now, yet if it comes I will face it with God's grace and strength.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Jan!
      I hear you . . . And, I know you will get through everything with God at your side.
      Love and blessings to you!

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