When Words Don’t Come
Exodus 4:15Â 5“You are to speakÂ to him and putÂ the wordsÂ in his mouth;Â and I, even I, will be with your mouthÂ and his mouth,Â and I will teachÂ you whatÂ you are to do...
Y’all might have noticed that I’ve been rather erraticÂ in my posting. Moses,Â whomÂ God is addressing in this scripture,Â waited 40 years to set the Hebrews free. He is in the palace, a perfect position! But when he thinks hisÂ opportunity has finally arrived heÂ gets the calling very wrong. He sets only one person free through murder . . . nope, not God’s plan. So Moses flees and then waits another 40 years to be ready to return to Egypt to set God’s people free. While I don’t think God is going to make me wait as long to continue writing he definitely has me in a holding pattern.
A twofold dynamic is at play. One, I have few words currently surfacing, and two, my family needs my full attention. Several health issues have arisen and are needing quite a lot of appointments. Every time I sit down to write the words don’t come. And that is okay.
We need to relax in silent periods. Writing is my God-given gift of expression, I am secure in his purpose. If he is not putting the words into my mouth, I am quite sure he has a good reason. I trust him with this new leg of the journey, and besides, there have been joyous developments that I will get to share with you very soon.
When we are operatingÂ in the will of God, mighty things happen, even if we can’t do the very thing he calls us to do. The reason? God is good and faithfully maturing us to accomplish HisÂ will. It can become easy for me toÂ lean hard into my own understanding of his purpose, but when I wait patiently on God, amazing things happen!
Trust that he loves to give you good things. Are you feeling flusteredÂ because a clear calling seems to be thwarted at every turn?Â Â Look back at the pattern he has established in your life. Is he growing you? Does he have a different road for you to take? Is he addressing a stumblingÂ block?
Burning bushes often lead to our greatest conflicts, but when we wait patiently, weÂ also witness spectacular displays of God’s sovereignty,Â provision, and salvationÂ for many. I will joyously wait to lead His freedom march across the Red Sea.
Lord, you are preparing me for good things. I trust yourÂ direction. Address the stumbling blocks in my way. I see you tackling myÂ fears, teaching me to trust you completely. Thank you for reminding me that your plan is good, even when detoured in a different direction.Â Amen
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