This morning I awoke too early to thoughts of failure in the execution of my life—guilt and regret robbing me of peaceful sleep. I prayed a simple prayer, “Oh Lord, help me”, before I rolled out of bed to face the day. My stomach churned as I thought of my list. I sighed at the still-undone-deadline-looming tasks that seemed to remind me of my inadequacy.
I paused and picked up a book, “The Resolution for Women” by Priscilla Shirer, turned to the bookmarked page, and began reading her words about Moses.
In spite of all kinds of spills and sputters in the execution, Moses held fast to the calling the Lord had placed on his life. “He was faithful to the one who had appointed him” (Hebrews 3: 2). Even in the noisy wind tunnel of guilt and regret, even with loud music inviting him to dance with the decadent, he could still catch the faint whisper of heaven compelling him to forsake temporary feelings and pursuits for the sake of God’s will. And herein lies what separated him and his people from all others. He was not perfect. He was purposeful. He wasn’t without mistake, but he was marked by God’s presence. He marched to a higher standard, an overriding and compelling force that drew him to desire what mattered to God more than what mattered to other people. An overarching view of his life reveals a man not swayed by the whims and fleeting passions that sought to redirect his focus from heaven’s call. He was headed to Canaan. His goal was milk and honey. And even when it meant picking himself up off the deck of defeat and discouragement, he did not stop until God himself allowed him to go no farther. He was called by heaven—an appointment that ordered his priorities, pursuits, and passions. Not perfectly, but persistently. Faithfully.
As I finished those few sentences He spoke to my heart and said, “This is you, too, Stacy. I have appointed you. You are marked by my presence.” That’s all I needed to hear.
I encourage you, man or woman reading these words, to go back and read them again. Read them as if they are written about you—because they are. Put your name in the place of Moses’ and change he/his to she/her when appropriate. May these words bless you today.