“Then Moses answered, ‘What if they do not believe me or listen to my voice? For they may say, “The Lord has not appeared to you.”‘ And the Lord asked him, ‘What is that in your hand?’ ‘A staff,’ he replied. ‘Throw it on the ground,’ said the Lord. So Moses threw it on the ground, and it became a snake, and he ran from it. ‘Stretch our your hand and grab it by the tail,’ the Lord said to Moses, who reached out his hand and caught the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.” Exodus 4:1-4
The past two months have been quite challenging for many people. Unemployment at an all time high, a lot of free time on people’s hands, and schools shut down due to the fear of spreading a virus that has run rampant throughout the entire world. In the midst of all of this, it has left many questioning what they should be doing to fill their time and what the world will look like once we get past all of this. Many question if life will be the same with minor adjustments or will major changes take place which could change the shape of our lives forever. In this post, I would like to offer the advice to follow the latter. Not by any forced action, but by an opportunity that we should all be taking to evaluate our lives and try to understand how we can use what we have available to us in order to better serve this world for God. In order to do that, we need to understand what we have available to us to do so.
“What’s in your hand?”
Moses was in a similar situation where he had fled from Egypt after killing a guard. Fearing for his life he ran off to the desert and spent years tending a flock of sheep. It was there that he waited and lived his own life away from the pressures of the palace in Egypt. It’s probably safe to say that he had settled into a fairly comfortable life where he found contentment with what he was doing. That seemed to be the case until he stumbled upon a bush that was on fire but not consumed as we read about in Exodus. It was here that he encountered the living God.
In their discussion God tells Moses that He has chosen him for the task of freeing God’s people from Egypt upon which Moses came up with multiple excuses about why he was unqualified to perform such a task. Eventually we get to this section of scripture that is laid out above from Exodus 4. It was in this humble staff that God showed Moses that he had everything he would ever need to fulfill the task that God has set for him.
What we can do?
This time that we find ourselves in is an opportunity to reflect on what is in our hands. What is it that God has provided or gifted us with that we can use to further his kingdom? Is it the tool of a trade or artistic expression? Is there something in our personalities or temperament that we can use to help others? Are we able to simply sit down and talk with other people or play a game together? Moses only had a staff to aid him and over time God developed him in the ways He needed to be the leader God intended him to be. In the midst of trying times, we must understand that even though things look tough God can and does use those times to grow us and help us to be a better representative for His kingdom.