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Please Send Someone Else

  • Moses said to Yahweh, "Oh, Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before now, nor since you have spoken to your servant; for I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." Yahweh said to him, "Who made man's mouth? Or who makes one mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Isn't it I, Yahweh? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what you shall speak." He said, "Oh, Lord, please send someone else." Exodus 4:10'13 WEB.

    When Moses was born, his parents were enslaved by the Egyptians. A law in Egypt required male Hebrew children to be thrown into the Nile river at birth. Fortunately for Moses, his clever mother placed a basket under him first.

    As Moses drifted in the crocodile-infested river, Pharaoh's daughter found him and raised him as her own child. So Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince in the house of Pharaoh and received an education his mother could have never given him.

    When Moses was around forty years old, he went out to see his own people. He saw an Egyptian taskmaster cruelly beating an enslaved Hebrew, so Moses tried to stop him. They got into a struggle, and Moses killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand.

    The next time Moses came to visit, two Hebrews fought each other. So he tried to break them up. One of them asked him, "Who made you a prince and judge over us? Do you plan to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?"

    The news about the dead Egyptian had begun to spread. When Pharaoh learned of it, Moses had to flee from Egypt. He lived as a humble shepherd in the land of Midian for forty years. Moses married a wife and began raising a family there. He got on with his life, but eventually, God came calling.

    Moses had been prepared by God throughout his life. The Lord had invested a lot of time in the "Moses Project." He had given Moses the education, the desire to deliver his people, the humility that he learned while leading a flock of wandering sheep for decades. Moses no longer had any personal ambition or agenda to fulfill. He was eighty years old, washed up, a broken man, and now ready for God to use. The Lord had prepared him for this day.

    That's when the Lord showed up and made His request. He told Moses to go back to Egypt, but Moses told Him, "Please send someone else" (Exodus 4:13). Looking back over his past failures, Moses just didn't feel up to the task anymore. He looked at himself as having to be the deliverer and remembered the last time he tried that. Moses no longer wanted to go, but it was now time, and God refused to take no for an answer.

    In my own life, I experienced something very similar. When I was about twenty, I wanted to be in ministry so bad. I attended seminary, got ordained, and felt like I knew a lot. But after I graduated, I found all the doors to ministry supernaturally closed. I ended up pumping septic tanks, digging foundations, pressure washing, polishing brass, building and painting houses, playing music. Whatever it took to pay the bills.

    Years passed, and the Lord nudged me into working on computers, programming, and website building. Eventually, I forgot about being in ministry at all. I failed to see that He was busy preparing me the entire time with the skills I would need. When it seemed like I had forgotten everything I had learned and felt unprepared, He suddenly pushed me into full-time ministry. I was forty-five. I no longer wanted to go, and I wished that He would just "send someone else." Suffice it to say that He can be persistent, and here I am.

    I had spent years working on computer networks and volunteering as a technical director at local churches. Those skills are vital to what we are doing today. My time in music prepared me to write and record original songs. The things I learned in construction allow me to fix the floor when it sags, or the roof when it leaks. Nothing is wasted.

    God is always preparing and educating you for what is coming. Sometimes the most humble position will teach you things the most significant college cannot. When a door closes, you should get excited. You have graduated from that class and are now going to learn something new.

    When God starts talking about your future, don't start talking about your past. That's what our enemy does. He will always remind you of your past, failures, and weaknesses. "Look at you! You can't do this! There is no hope! Why bother? Just quit." That's the wrong voice to listen to.

    The Lord will always speak about your future. It doesn't matter what you may have done yesterday. Today is a new day, the first one of the rest of your life. Every time I stumbled and came back to the Lord, He wanted to talk about my future, not my past. He is the God of today, and He brings restoration and hope with Him.

    God will never give up on you. The silent times are just a part of your education. So don't give up. Just take it one day at a time. We will continue learning as long as we live here because God's knowledge is infinite. We still have a long way to go. This is your life passing by. Pay attention to what is happening in it. You will use it in the future.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please teach me all I need to know, and put me where You want me to be. I make a choice to trust You with my life. I am Yours, do what thou wilt. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those following the Creation Photography weekly challenges, here is this week's theme from group leader, Dianna Wyles: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away." ~ 'The Many Colors of Love' or 'Reflection of the Father's Love' will be our fun-filled theme choices this week and are wide open for some creative interpretation Show us how you reflect our Father's love, how others have been that reflection for you, some cool reflection shots, or any other creative way you want to interpret our fun theme! Please do post anything else that inspires you as well. May you ALL be surrounded by the many colors of love God has gifted us each day and may you All be the love someone needs today ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen
February 8, 2022
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

AMEN!!

February 8, 2022
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Lord, thank you for your many blessings and answers to prayer! Amen!

February 8, 2022
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen

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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen,

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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: February 8, 2022

AMEN. Heavenly Father, Thank you for your guidance. You are my everything.  Amen

February 8, 2022
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia and all our family of friends in RHM.We love you all.Amen.

February 8, 2022
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Such wisdom refined through personal struggle, Pastor Dion. Thanks for continuing to share your testimony and service for the Lord!

February 8, 2022
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I trust you God Amen 

February 8, 2022
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David Krull
David Krull

Yes. I'm here now..waiting for the Lord to use me..waiting to die. Whatever Lord. My times are in Your hands.. 

February 8, 2022
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord 

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord!

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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

February 9, 2022
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Oh Lord, please teach me, use me, open my eyes that I may see Your way, my ears that I may hear your voice, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

February 9, 2022