Did you ever play “office” when you were a kid? When I was in middle school my best friend and I loved to conduct “business” after school. We processed credit card receipts, filled out invoices and stamped all the things! More than flexing our entrepreneurial muscles, though, we just liked playing with carbon paper and old office supplies. Turns out I still have a special place in my heart for labels, stamps and ledger paper.
Perhaps playing office as a kid prepared me for years of desk work in an office setting? It wasn’t uncommon to walk by my desk and see piles of paper with file folders peeking out. And when I created this page, knowing I wanted to feature this fun manila folder from the Storyteller kit, I re-created a common scene from my desktop.
In session two of Storyteller, Llanet points us to Exodus 3 where Moses encounters the burning bush at Horeb.
Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:10-12, ESV
Like Moses, I think a lot of us have insisted to God that we’re not good enough, equipped enough, smart enough, talented enough, etc. But God knows! And here’s the good news, perhaps even freeing news- God isn’t banking on our strengths. His plans aren’t hinged on our capabilities. And just like we see in verse 12, after Moses questions his qualifications, God changes the subject back to Himself. He will be with Moses. The call to lead the Israelites out of Egypt was never about Moses. He gets to be included.
I love how one author sums up what we can take away from this exchange,
“The one true God responds to our insecurities with reassurances about himself. In doing so, he releases us from the source of our paralysis, shifting our gaze from the “can’ts” to the One who can.” S. H. Miller, Free of Me (pg 47)
Inside the file folder I created a little memo for myself. A reminder for me to remember my role in His story. Ultimately, it’s not about me, but I’ve been graciously invited into it.
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