“Moses raised another objection to GOD: ‘Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.’… He said, ‘Oh, Master, please! Send somebody else!’” Exodus 4:10,13
Moses tried everything he could to do what God asked of him… “Who, me? …Why me? …Send somebody else!” That’s how I felt when I received a call at the Grand Canyon Synod Office from a representative of church women’s group when she asked me to be the presenter at their annual retreat. “Why me?” I’ve never done a women’s retreat before. Let me find you someone with experience,” but she insisted, “We want you to do it.”
God didn’t appreciate Moses’ excuse that he didn’t talk well. But God heard him and said he’d enlist Moses’ brother, Aaron, who was known to speak well, to do the talking. God would give Moses the message and tell his brother what to say.
After agreeing to do the retreat, I enlisted a pastor’s wife, who had done several retreats, to help me. Together, we pulled off a spirit-filled event for the women. Aaron teamed up with Moses, and they pulled off the great escape for the Israelites who were seriously mistreated.
I had a chance to say “No, I can’t do the retreat,” but God wouldn’t accept “no” as an answer from Moses. Like Moses, I learned to trust God when a challenge seems overwhelming.
Help us, God, to move out of our comfort zone when called to serve. Amen.