“So now, go. I am sending you…” Exodus 3:10 NIV
Imagine with me for a moment.
You are no longer a young man, full of dreams, and hopes with grand aspirations. No. Now your steps are slower. Your ways are set.
You had dreams, but they are only wispy memories set on a shelf.
Each of your days is wrapped in the sameness of the predictable ordinary.
You look to the horizon, to your small flock of sheep.
You heave a wistful sigh as your mind drifts back to that young man of the Egyptian royal court, brave, strong, so full of himself.
“Ah, well…” and you sigh again.
Ah, well, indeed–for God is listening. Watching. Smiling.
You stumble along believing in only what is now; what you can see; and it isn’t much.
You don’t blame anyone but yourself. No. It was your doing that was your undoing.
Your disappointment is in yourself–why couldn’t you see then what is so clear to you now?
Why couldn’t you have…
You don’t finish that thought, because suddenly, you see a bush, a bit beyond.
And, there is a Voice calling your name… “Moses. Moses…”
Can you see him? This disappointed man? Encountering God in the middle of that barren place?
And, what about you?
Are you in a wilderness of disappointed dreams?
I’ve been there. It’s the very last place you expect to encounter the God of the Universe speaking to you; calling your name; sending you back.
I think I “get” Moses now, today, more than I did when I was younger. Now that, at seventy, my gait is slower and walk with a slight limp.
When I was younger, I too, was full of dreams… and myself.
I was so impatient.
Now I know about that shelf where dreams gather dust.
Now, I know how an unexpected commission from God, to carry out those dreams today? Makes me laugh with the absurdity of it all.
Off the shelf
If you have placed your dreams on a shelf?
If you see yourself as disqualified, as Moses surely must have thought himself.
If life has stomped your hopes until they no longer live?
Take heart in the story of Moses.
God does not forget, though we might even wish He would.
His plans for you cannot be hindered or held back.
Not once He has decided the time has come to go.
God has not changed His mind regarding you.
This world, with all its chaos and turmoil, is no match for God!
Is God speaking to your heart?
Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness…isaiah 50:2 KJV
When God speaks–what will you answer?
Will you go?