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Lord, Send Someone Else

But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Exodus 4:10-13 ESV

God says Go we-say-send-someone-else.pngI can so relate to Moses here and his fear of speaking to crowds. I don’t enjoy public speaking. As a writer, I like to carefully craft my thoughts, edit a draft and delete, delete, delete.

We see ourselves in the mirror of the scriptures, don’t we?

The Lord pulls us away in private and gives us a new assignment. They’re rarely glamorous, done in public or involve public ministry. Nonetheless, we can relate to Moses reaction, far different from Isaiah’s “Here I am, Lord, send me.”

We sometimes look for reasons to talk God out of it. Lord, you’re asking too much of me I can’t do it. We doubt out own abilities and perhaps doubt God, too. 

But let us consider that God is collaborating with us. He needs a representative in that situation and it’s you, His standard-bearer. You’re His light bringer. The mirror isn’t lying. The God of the universe considers you capable, equipped with His Word and His Spirit.

Can you do all things through Christ or not? (Philippians 4:13) 

Our responses matter. This is an invitation from God to partnership. So you don’t like the assignment. Ask for grace, His ability within us. Ask for strength, wisdom and courage. Stand up, take ownership over the fear that is lying to you and resist it. It will leave. But not unless you evict it (James 4:7). 

We are where we are in life, often because of choices we have made (not always, but generally).

Here’s how  I see it. I have some new writing assignments ahead. I can buck up, grow up and put on my big girl pants or not. I can decide to see them through, leaning heavily on His power within to strengthen and His grace when mine wanes. “For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong,”(2 Corinthians 13:9).

i-trust-godOr – I can say, “No, Lord, I can’t do what you’re asking. It’s too hard, it’s beyond my skill set. I’m afraid I’ll mess it up and fail.”

Which is actually translated “I’m unwilling to trust you at this time in that regard.” Abba will love me, regardless. But I can feel His pleasure whenever I  choose to trust Him. 

Obedience and a partnership offer from the Almighty is before us. I’m standing on Joshua 1:5-9 and doing it afraid. He said He will be with me every step of the way.

What will you choose? 

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PS: I wrote this last week before heading to Asheville, NC for a writers conference. My manuscripts were not as warmly received as I had hoped. Before me sit pages in need of rewrites and revisions. But the writing call was not rescinded. So I choose to let perseverance have her perfect work, because He is worthy of my absolute best!

Kathryne

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Kathryne

Christian inspirational writer of truth that makes darkness tremble. Author of Lion in My Garden devotional.

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  1. I can so relate to this, so many times I’m preaching to no one in my mind it’s like I got it but to stand up and do it is a whole other thing. I wrote something for my mothers funeral and when it was my turn I actual enjoyed doing it and was as nervous as I thought maybe because I was doing it to honor her. I should use the same thing to honor God and tell my story of how God restored me thru all that happened to me in the past. I am now going to go on another journey and head back to Melbourne with my tail between my legs and pray for no one to say I told you so. My husband and I love each other very much we are just having issues that maybe time apart right now can help. I’m trusting in God direction I really really don’t want to go back to Melbourne I want to go in the country like you have and disappear not really but it feels that way now…I’ve been reminded again and again that I God’s daughter first and He always has my best interest at heart!! And His timing is always perfect.. no matter what it is..

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    1. I would never say that and neither would any of your true friends who love you. So sorry about the reason you’re coming back but I look forward to spending time together. I’m in Melbourne now, too. I will PM you. xoxo

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