A long time ago, in a land far away, a man who had once been a scholar, an eloquent speaker, a military hero and a high-ranking government official, had retired at the age of 40, married, and was working his father-in-law’s ranch, for what he had expected would be the rest of his life. After another 40 years on the ranch, little did he realize that his plans were about to change.
You see, Moses had an epiphany. No, it was more than that. It was an encounter with God. And Moses found out that God had different plans for him. God told Moses that he needed to use him to be a leader again. Moses wasn’t all that excited about God’s plans, so he did his best to convince Him that he was not equipped to do the job.
During their conversation, which, by the way, would be the first of many that they would have, God asked Moses a number of questions. One of those questions was, “What is that in your hand?” Moses replied, “A-Rod.” No. Wait. I think that’s a typo that spellcheck didn’t catch. He didn’t have a Yankee Hall of Famer. He had “a rod.”
What Moses was really saying was, “Nothing. Just a stick. I can’t lead people with a stick.” Was he about to be surprised! Even after God demonstrated what could be done with the stick, Moses tried to make excuses for why he couldn’t do what God wanted him to do. Yet, in the not-to-distant future Moses would raise that same stick high above his head and, when he did, the Red Sea parted and the people of Israel walked across the sea, as if on dry land, until they all safely reached the other side and Moses lowered the rod and the waters returned.
In fact, battles that were impossible to win were, nonetheless, won when Moses held that stick in the air.
What’s the point?
I meet people all of the time who, for instance, have a computer, but who either don’t use it or who use it solely for entertainment. When challenged to do something productive with it, they say, “I can’t do that. I don’t know how.” When given the opportunity to be taught how to be productive, the truth begins to come out in the form of, “I really don’t want to know.”
Perhaps you know someone like that. One of the reasons that some people, some businesses, and even some churches never reach their full potential is that they refuse to look at what they have in their hand and discover how it can be used to expand their knowledge, to help their business processes become more efficient or to effect growth in their ministry.
No one can afford to miss the power of what is in their hand. I doesn’t matter who or where you are. There is something in your hand or within your reach that can be used to benefit others and to glorify God.
Don’t look at what is in your hand and say, “It’s just a stick.” Look at it and ask yourself, “How can I make the world a better place with for what I have in my hand?” Whatever you have has been given to you for a purpose. Find that purpose, and do it.
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