And let patient endurance finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:4 ESV
Around the middle school age, I can remember becoming very insecure about being in a wheelchair. I didn’t like how even people who knew me, or just plain strangers out in public would stare at me. It wasn’t until a number of years later as I grew up and allowed God to mold me into the woman I am today, that I began to realize just how far He has brought me.
When I think of someone who battled insecurity in the Bible, Moses comes to mind. He was aware of God’s calling on his life, but felt ill-equipped to live out the calling. Haven’t we all been there at some point or another? I know I have.
In Exodus 3, we encounter Moses at the Burning Bush having a conversation with God about Moses’ calling.
7 Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
Exodus 3:7-12 ESV
What strikes me most in this passage is Moses’ response in verse eleven. Who am I? Who am I to lead these people, Lord? Personally, my response to God’s calling on my life sounds much like this:
But, Lord, I’m just an ordinary woman with a disability. Who am I that You say that the words You have given to me? Nobody will care what I have to say. The “I” within that previous statement is the root of the issue, for both myself and also for Moses. It wasn’t Moses leading the people out of Egypt, in the same way I’m not the one writing these very words. It was God who was speaking through Moses and it’s God who is speaking through me.
From the moment I was content in my identity as His daughter and not my disability, He resurrected my soul from the grave of insecurity and into the garden of contentment! There’s nothing more beautiful than that.
So, what “graves” do you need God to resurrect you from today? Let me assure you that He is ready and willing to do that for you. Don’t let Satan stop you from doing that thing that God has called you to do. I did that for far too long and all it did was leave me discouraged. Because of Jesus, we have hope. Hope to start over, and ultimately, the hope of eternity!
This post was inspired by Graves Into Gardens by Elevation Worship
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