Good morning girls!
Ready for some Monday morning exercise? 🙂 Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like God has given you super clear direction to follow, laid out a clear path for you to walk down, “told” you exactly what you were supposed to pursue or do next in your life/job/family/etc. Now, raise your hand if AFTER you stepped out in faith and were obedient to God’s call, it seemed as if God was totally SILENT.
It was almost as if you saw this incredible image of a future (or at least knew without a doubt what you were supposed to dedicate the next season of your life to), you took a HUGE step of faith, and suddenly the FOG rolled in. You knew the BIG PICTURE of what you were supposed to be doing and God gave you step one, but you had no idea what step two, or three, or four was.
I’m still reading Exodus in The Message. And I’m pretty sure I laughed out loud when I realized that’s EXACTLY how God and Moses worked together when God used Moses to free the Israelites from the oppression of the Egyptians. If you have time, go back and read it, preferably in The Message translation. It’s seriously brilliant!
For now, let me give you a summary. God gave Moses the plan: “I’m going to use you, Moses to get the Israelites free from the Egyptians. Here’s what I want you to do. Go to Pharaoh and tell him I sent you to free My people. Oh, and I will be with you.” That was it. I admit it, I actually laughed out loud when I realized that was pretty much the extent of the plan God gave Moses because to me it didn’t seem like much of a plan. I remember thinking to myself, “are you serious God, that’s Your plan?! How are you actually going to do that? You sent Moses to Pharaoh and told him to tell Pharaoh that You sent him. BAHAHA!” But then, I sat back and shook my head and realized that yes, if God was going to be with Moses in this, then that was ALL that he needed because God was going to be with him. And honestly, that’s actually all any of us needs no matter what God has called us into. 🙂
If you read on as the plot unfolded, you see that God would only give Moses the very next step, Moses would obey, and then God would give him the next step. On and on it went like that until finally the Israelites were free. Before Moses left his job as a shepherd, God really hadn’t told him much of anything about what was going to happen between Moses going to Pharaoh that first time and the Red Sea parting for the Israelites to walk across on dry land and on their way to freedom.
The best part about God’s plans is that when God calls us to something, God will ALWAYS be with us in it. As leaders, this is an area where we must grow in trust. When we step out in faith, we need to be comfortable knowing that God most likely is NOT going to give us more than the very next step. But, God will be with us, and when the timing is right for us to know the answer to the question “now what?” we will be told. 🙂
My prayer for us this week is that we will all grow in our trust of the God that is with us and grow in patience as we wait for God to give us the next step. The very presence of the Creator of the world truly is the best plan. 🙂