๐ŸŒป Are you willing to pick it upโ“

At His command

Iโ€™m still in awe of how graceful the study plan I read sometime last week was. I will be sharing a part of it that hits me deep. Also, try to relate it to us as well.

So we all know about the man – Moses yeah?

Smiles. I trust we do. Yeah, Moses was a man who preferred not to be noticed and got called by God, to do something way out of His comfort zone.

Sign of surrender

The part of His life that I will be sharing on, is the encounter he had with the Lord during the burning bush experience. Moses was told to throw down his staff. And in the study plan I read, that showed a sign of surrender and humility. Itโ€™s that part where God was telling him that it was time to quit the shepherding of sheep. And it was time to move on to shepherding His people by being the channel through which the people of Israel will be delivered.

โ€œThen the Lord said to Moses, โ€˜What is that thing in your hand?โ€™ Moses answered, โ€˜It is a stick.โ€™ The Lord said, โ€˜Throw it down on the ground.โ€™ So Moses threw it on the ground. Then the stick became a snake! Moses ran away from the snake.โ€

Exodus 4:2-3 EASY

The part that hit me deep is the part when the Lord told him to pick up the rod he had throw on the ground and this time around, the rod wasnโ€™t just a piece of stick but a snake. Phew!, And he wasnโ€™t asked to pick it up anywhere else, but by the tail using his bare hands. A life snake! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

โ€œThen the Lord said to Moses, โ€˜Take hold of the snake’s tail with your hand.โ€™ So Moses caught the snake with his hand. Then it became a stick in his hand again.โ€

Exodus 4:4 EASY

I can only imagine if I was the one in that scenario. Or letโ€™s say someone else who hates all things creepy but has to pick it up with his or her bare hands. One would think to oneโ€™s self or even voice it out to God that โ€œLord, are you joking with me? Why donโ€™t you first kill it, then allow me pick it up?โ€ But really the idea of picking up a dead snake is also scary and gross. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

But Moses did pick the snake up anyway. That was the next thing that was recorded โ€œSo Moses caught the snake with his handโ€ฆ.โ€. Iโ€™m not sure Moses thought much about it but he simply trusted and picked it up. Maybe in his thought he was like โ€œGod you asked me to, I trust that you wonโ€™t let the snake harm meโ€. Either way, he obeyed.

Cast your rod

Bringing this scenario home as I promised to. I couldnโ€™t help but think of it in a way that I could relate with in my current day life or even in our current time and experiences.

And what came to mind is the place of one โ€œstarting overโ€. So the Lord told Moses to throw down his rod (what he is known with) and that represent times when God tells us to let down the plans we have or something we have mastered so much or an occupation that was like the โ€œyinโ€ to our โ€œyangโ€. Something we are known by or so familiar with over the years that itโ€™s like our identity. And God says โ€œDami or Tolu, itโ€™s time to place that identity youโ€™ve know aside and cast it before meโ€. So you did even though it wasnโ€™t easy to.

But to burst your bubble, after months or weeks of anticipating the next, and the Lord just left you in the โ€œrest modeโ€. You got settled into that phase and then He shows up and tells you this time around, โ€œDami, itโ€™s time to pick up your rodโ€. But this time around itโ€™s something you are scared of (representing the snake in our text). And He further states this: โ€œI know it is unfamiliar, but I want you to pick it up anywayโ€.

We trust you even when itโ€™s scary

Phew! I can only imagine myself in this. The scare of starting something new isnโ€™t something I so much like to experience because I have many questions I donโ€™t have an answer to, in such a time. And that is how most of us are. It is scary yes! But just as Moses did, we are encouraged to pick it up anyway as instructed and trust that the Lord will set our course running just as He did for Moses.

โ€œThen Moses said to the Lord, โ€˜My Lord, I cannot speak well. I speak slowly and I speak with difficulty. I never could speak well. And even now, when you have spoken to me, I still cannot speak well.โ€™ Then the Lord said to Moses, โ€˜Who has made human mouths? Who makes a person that cannot speak? Who makes a person that cannot hear? Who makes a person who can see, or who cannot see? It is I, the Lord God! Now go! I will help you to speak well. I will teach you what you must say.โ€™โ€

Exodus 4:10-12 EASY

Yeah, the rest of the story is. Moses still didnโ€™t see himself doing it and the graceful part is that while he kept on saying it out, God kept telling him the plans He had for the journey. We all know that Moses later on ended up being the Israelites deliverer. And the rest is history.

May we all grow in our confidence of trusting Godโ€™s ways. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Itโ€™s okay to be scared at first. Moses was, but the good part is that he voiced out his fears and seemingly inadequacies to God and God made a way for Him.

God is always faithful to work in us and through us. He is committed to His working in us. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

Blessings. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Happy new week.

๐Ÿค#HCCounsels#๐Ÿค

34 Comments Add yours

  1. This is a great post. God gives Specific Instructions or directives, as children of God we should always listen to details. Once again, great post, and I love it.

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    1. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
      Thatโ€™s is so true, we have a part to play and that is to listen. ๐Ÿ“Œ
      Smiles. Glad to know you do.
      Thanks to Abba for His words in season. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Blessings. ๐Ÿค—

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  2. Manu says:

    Such good points- letting go is a sign of surrender. And are we willing to pick up something that may seem so unfamiliar and scary. Really thought provoking. I pray that I would be obedient to the Lords directive.
    Thank you Mercy.

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    1. Yes, maโ€™am. ๐Ÿ“Œ
      Iโ€™m glad knowing it was. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
      Amen. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
      You are welcome, maโ€™am. โค๏ธ
      Blessings to you and the family. ๐Ÿค—

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  3. jesusluvsall says:

    Can you imagine encountering a burning bush with a voice speaking to you? I would freak out. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Beautiful picture of you little sister. I smiled when I saw you wearing a coat. lol

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    1. Haha. I might just think I am daydreaming. ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Lol.
      Smiles. Thanks, big bro. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Yeah. Cold isnโ€™t my friend at the moment. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™ˆ
      Happy Thursday. ๐Ÿค—

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  4. vgeorg says:

    Congrats Mercy. Trust in God! Blessings ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. Thank you, sir. I will bear this in mind ๐Ÿ“Œ๐Ÿ™‚
      Amen. And to you too. ๐Ÿค—

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  5. I love this post, Mercy. The voice of God is the mystery behind the obedience of Moses. Sadly, many believers don’t know when God speaks, and many don’t even believe they can hear from God. You can’t hear from God and doubt him. As much as faith comes by hearing the word of God, unshakable faith (trust) comes by hearing directly from God. We are all virgins to something new. And it always scares us to embrace a change. If we have done it before, God will not ask us to do it again. Why would God ask us to do what we have done before? In this circumstance, all we need to do is trust God and obey Him. When God leads, he provides and protects. Do have a wonderful day!

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    1. Iโ€™m glad knowing you do. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
      Hmm. True! And we canโ€™t do anything right without His leadings from time to time.
      I love this. And it forms our personal convictions. ๐Ÿ“Œ
      Hmm.
      Yes – trust in Him. ๐Ÿ’ฏ
      Absolutely. And thatโ€™s the blessing of trusting Him. We know He will show up. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
      Thank you. ๐Ÿค—
      Do enjoy the rest of your week. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Bukunola says:

    Came running to read the full story, at the mention of Moses. He is my favorite Bible character ๐Ÿ˜.
    The most confusing one is when it was even God that told me to do a thing initially, then after sometime, He says not to (or to quit)…and you begin to fight it like ๐Ÿค”it was YOU that told me to do this (We die here๐Ÿ˜ ).

    The most important thing is to keep living by EVERY word which proceedeth from the mouth of the Lord…even though it might seem contracting to the last commandment.

    Thank you sisโค

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    1. Aww. Thatโ€™s nice to know. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      There is a lot to learn from him.

      Haha. That feeling. And you wonder, did I hear well at first. ๐Ÿ˜‚
      But thankful we can stay โ€œupdatedโ€ with Him. Iโ€™m learning not to fight that. And just take it as He chooses to lead me in every season. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Apt! I love this. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

      You are welcome, sis. All thanks to God for His words. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. ๐Ÿค—

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  7. inspirechief says:

    Your post really hit home with me. God has worked in my life the same way He worked in Mosesโ€™. I had to throw down my old life and pick up another. I resisted at first but now I feel His plan. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article. Scott

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    1. Wow. Thatโ€™s nice to know. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hmm. Iโ€™m glad you had the courage to and you trusted Him with that decision. ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ
      Thatโ€™s is true! Eventually when we see the bigger picture being formed, we are more grateful. ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

      Iโ€™m glad to have shared it. All thanks to Abba. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

      Blessings to you and the family, sir. ๐Ÿค—

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  8. Dawn says:

    This is an encouragement to be willing to follow Godโ€™s leading. We have to be ready to make a move in a new direction, even when itโ€™s scary or uncomfortable. I always think itโ€™s great when people have the courage to make changes. I know from experience God is faithful to provide our needs when we obey the call. Thanks lil sis. Hope your week is going well so far. โค๏ธ

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    1. Iโ€™m glad to know it is to you, big sis. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
      True! And courage is key in taking the steps forward in the new direction. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

      Yes He is. And He is graceful in doing this. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿฝ

      You are welcome. ๐Ÿค—
      Itโ€™s been good. Thankful as well. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      How about yours?

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      1. Dawn says:

        Iโ€™m good. Glad the weekend is here. Itโ€™s been a busy week. ๐Ÿค—

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        1. Thatโ€™s great. ๐Ÿ˜Š
          Smiles. Trust you had a rested weekend, sis.
          Happy new week. โค๏ธ

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  9. alialgafar says:

    You are one good writer; always on point. Thank you ma. O’ Lord, help me to trust You fully and completely yielded to You always. Amen.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. ๐Ÿค—
      You are welcome, bless God for His every word to us. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
      Amen. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
      I join you in saying this prayer.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts on this. Blessings. ๐Ÿค—

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  10. GOD told Moses to do something dangerous and Moses listened as HE did exactly that and nothing bad happened so this tells us that if GOD allows challenges to come in our lives it means that it’s something we can overcome easily. When you face challenges just face them and know you are already victorious.

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    1. Hmm. That is so true. ๐Ÿ’ฏ
      And we can always trust Him to make a way for us. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

      Yes!!! And that should be our attitude. ๐Ÿ“Œ
      May we live each day in this mindset. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts on this. ๐Ÿค—
      Blessings. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. It’s a pleasure dear friend.

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  11. K.L. Hale says:

    I love this post my beautiful friend! Your words are wise and true! May we all follow our heavenly Papaโ€™s lead! God bless you! โค๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. Iโ€™m glad knowing you do. All thanks to God for His word. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
      Aww. Thank you for your kind words. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
      Amen. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
      And to you and yours, maโ€™am. โค๏ธ

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      1. K.L. Hale says:

        Thank you so much! Amen! โค๏ธโฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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  12. I really like what we read about Moses in the Bible because I find I can relate to him so well! Not in the whole pick-up-the-snake scene but all the excuses he later told God as to why he wasn’t the right man to free the Israelites. I often find myself inadequate like Moses did. But God kept reminding him He’d be with Him. God would accomplish His purposes through Moses. I find myself needing to remember that God can accomplish what He wants of me too, despite my deficiencies. Blessings, Mercy!

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    1. Smiles. Yeah. ๐Ÿ˜…
      Hmm. Donโ€™t we all fall prey for many excuses. Sighs. May God help us. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

      Yes!! And His reassurance to Him kept Him going. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

      Apt. I love your last notes. Yes! ๐Ÿ“Œ๐Ÿ’ฏ

      Amen, maโ€™am. ๐Ÿค—
      Thank you for your comments. Blessings. โค๏ธ

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  13. Michelle says:

    What a great post! Starting something new is scary and hard but we have to trust and obey God. He’s always got our best interest at heart. โค๏ธ

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    1. Thank you, maโ€™am. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yes!!! Trust and obey. ๐Ÿ’ฏ
      Absolutely. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Blessings and Merry Christmas. โค๏ธ

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  14. Wise Hearted says:

    Powerful post. I tell my husband he is my Moses. He resist anything at first that God wants him to do except give money. And money is the least thing we have to give away but we have never went hungry, without clothes, a roof over our head. He has blessed us greatly. I remember the night that God spoke to my heart that a huge change was coming. It scared me I walked to the other side of the church, found my pastor wife to pray for me. A few weeks later while we were getting our car fixed my husband said, Hon, I think God wants us to go into overseas missions. Because I had prayed, God whatever it takes help me to be like you, help me to be willing to do whatever you ask of us. So, God had me prepared for what He had spoken to my husband about . With in three years we were getting off the plane in Bolivia. Seven years there and then we went to Papua New Guinea…Yep I get this one and with Him I can trust Him for any thing He ask. Great post.

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
      Smiles. He is a blessed man. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Haha. We all have that resist mode. ๐Ÿ˜
      Wow. God is amazing. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

      Hmm. God gives us an heads-up, to help prepare our mind. ๐Ÿ’ฏ
      God is that amazing a father in the way He communicates to us His plans.

      Wow. Your lives encourage and inspire me. Thanks for yielding yourselves to Him. โค๏ธ

      Yes! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

      Thank you so much, maโ€™am.
      And for sharing your personal experience with me. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—
      Greetings to your hubby too, ma. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Your words create an atmosphere where we find God in control–He always is. As the Lord teaches, Moses comes to faithfully trust His promises. While we may not be picking a real snake, God promises His grace as our faith grows.

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    1. Hmm. True! – He is the God over it all. ๐Ÿ’ฏ
      Yes! And in our obedience we keep growing. ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ“
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. ๐Ÿค—
      Blessings to you and the family. Happy Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

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