Excuses, Excuses

Ok ya’ll, let’s have a chat.

I have read about Moses and the burning bush about a million times. (Exodus 3 if you want to brush up)

I mean, I know the story. However, I started a new Bible study with my cousin called Seamless. Heard of it? Angie Smith is my new bff even though she doesn’t know it. Anyway, I always wondered why on earth Moses kept arguing with God like, “I’m not qualified,” or “I have a stutter.” I’d like to think that if I was witnessing a miracle right then and there that I would do whatever the inanimate object claiming to be God said to do. Here’s the thing. Context is important and I personally need to do a better job at looking into the bigger picture of these Bible stories.

If you go back a chapter (Ex. 2:11) you have this situation:

11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”

14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”

15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 

Ok so this happens and Moses ends up making a new life for himself in Midian. He got married, had a baby, yada yada. His life went on and THEN the burning bush thing happened.

Have you ever been in a situation where someone has brought up something from your past and you thought, “I really don’t even want to go there. I have left that in the past and moved on.” I imagine this is how Moses felt talking to God (aka: burning bush). God proceeds to lay out the plan, show Moses some miracles to convince him that this is real and then once Moses has exhausted his excuses, God let’s him know that he’s going to be okay because everyone that wanted to kill him is dead. Buuuuuut the current Pharoah is still going to say no… eventually it’ll work though and you’ll rescue my people.

OKAYYYYYYYY I read this and thought, “Yeah okay Moses, I get you now. I wouldn’t want to go back to a place of my past just to be rejected.” I mean he had to not only trust that God would look out for him, but he had to get the courage to obey God for WHO KNOWS how long!?! He certainly didn’t know at the time how much crap he’d have to deal with from these people ultimately end up not even getting into the Promised Land. WOOF!

But here’s my bottom line with Moses and the reason I love him so much.

HE DID IT ANYWAY.

He didn’t want to. He gave God excuses. He wanted to just continue with his life, wife and kids and do his thing but when God calls you to something, you go….Or do you? I have to be honest. I have felt called to something and am still trying to resist dragging my feet and grumbling along the way. I imagine God saying, “Go clean your room,” and standing there with arms crossed yet a soft heart. He is stern, but not merciless. He had such a grand plan in the end that will deliver so many people from the slavery of the lies they believe or the oppression they feel and it’s up to me to be God’s hands and feet here. It’s up to you too.

I guess I’m trying to say I’m so thankful that I can relate to Moses and it empowers me to feel like I really can pursue my calling because for every excuse I have, God has a miracle waiting.