God said, 'I will be with you. This will be the proof that I am sending you: After you lead the people out of Egypt, all of you will worship me on this mountain.'
Moses said to God, 'When I go to the Israelites, I will say to them, 'The God of your ancestors sent me to you.' What if the people say, 'What is his name?' What should I tell them?'
Then God said to Moses, "I AM who I AM. When you go to the people of Israel, tell them, 'I AM sent me to you.' "---Exodus 3:11-14 (NCV)
Yeah. I know.
Usually, it's lovey-dovey stuff (one way or another) that is discussed on here. Things haven't changed. Actually, it's somewhat of a lovey-dovey thing that inspired this week's "On Fire" PSA. :-)
In the midst of some of my random researching this morning, I happened upon the winning entry of a Nokia contest. Whew! 1) I guess it's about time for me to get a new cell phone (although, I come from the age where people used phones *to make calls*...only-LOL) and 2) the constant progression of technology *never* ceases to amaze me. The entry? "Splitscreen: A Love Story". You can check it out here:
I love how the Comforter (John 14:16-AMP) can use, well, *anything* (Psalm 24:1) to get a point across. As I watched the two-minute entry, in my spirit, I know that I heard, "Just use what you got."
OK, I'm sure it goes without saying that I, *we*, should use what we have for *good* and not for *evil* (LOL), but personally, I find the timing of this reminder to be profound because I speak with some of you fairly consistently while some not at all and yet, I sense, *greatly*, that a lot of us are on the cuspis of making some *major life decisions*. Some may be so...random that we are tempted to fret for fear of failing. If that is you, to you I say, "Smile Sistah. This is your burning bush moment."
Honestly? With the way this world is going and with the fact that the laborers are few (Luke 10:2), to those who are 1) obedient; 2) faithful and 3) willing, there may be more than one "burning bush experience" in your lifetime. Moments when, like Moses, you're off minding your own business (I Thessalonians 4:11), living a "normal" (if there really is such a thing) day and the Lord will roll up on you like, "Nah. I think we're gonna do *this* now."
OK, let me give a heads up on that, though. GOD IS A GOD OF DECENT ORDER (I Corinthians 14:40). An author and prophet from the 1880s by the name of Ellen G. White once said that it was by divine order that Moses was a shepherd before he was appointed, by God, to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. The point: some of what you're doing now, no matter how senseless or mundane it may seem, *if you remain faithful and consistent*, if you stick with it, it will reveal itself to be *great preparation* for what lies ahead.
That said, again, if this resonates as a confirmation, I recommend you spending some of your own time in Exodus 3 ("The Burning Bush") and 4 ("Proof for Moses") so that you can get some of your own confirmations re: this revelation. For now, I will just say this:
Moses, with all of his hang ups and issues, was still called by God. *To do something that no other man had done, in that way, at that magnitude, before*. He quickly went into the reasons why *he believed* (Mark 9:23) that couldn't do what *God believed* that he could. And the light bulb moment for me in that? GOD WOULDN'T HAVE APPROACHED HIM IF GOD DIDN'T THING HE WAS *THE MAN* FOR THE JOB. Ladies, God wouldn't approach us if he did not *fashion our hearts individually* for the job...if he didn't consider *all of our works* (Psalm 33:15). BEFOREHAND. When God calls, it's time. TO MOVE.
All that from a two-minute Nokia love story short? Yeah. Pretty much (LOL). Because really, what would have happened had that filmmaker underestimated his creativity or the ability of the tools that he had at hand? If he had spent so much time talking (or would it be whining?!?) about needing more money, more equipment, more time...more whatever? If he had worried himself to the point of being stagnant about all of the other entries or if his was not going to be good enough? He would've missed out. UNDERESTIMATING YOURSELF GETS YOU NOWHERE. AND FAST.
I think I've shared a quote with you all before about how having low self-esteem is like driving through life with your emergency hand-break up. The looks you have (or don't have), the education you have (or don't have), the amount of money you have (or don't have), the gifts and talents that you have (or don't have), the connections you have (or don't have)...don't let that hinder you from the people, places, things or ideas that God has in store. *Just for you*. Because real talk? The moment he comes, whether you think you're ready or not, is the moment he believes that you are. ;-)
Aight, I'm out. I have my own burning bush to tend to.
I AM THAT I AM. That is God.
YOU ARE BECAUSE HE IS. That is (more than) enough. (Ephesians 3:20)
Love to you,