My son is a master negotiator. Well, at least he thinks he is. He has so many great ideas about how things should look, smell, taste, feel, etc. Sometimes he thinks all of his ideas are better than mine. Most of the time, he simply can’t look at a situation with my perspective and experience and see a simpler and efficient solution. A lot of times, my solution benefits more than just him, it benefits all of us.
Because of his negotiating skills, I find myself periodically frustrated with him. He will ask questions, he will tell me what he wants to do AFTER he does what I’ve asked, He will even tell me his better way. My frustration is that I’ve repeatedly asked him to do a task. I’ve told him to do a task. Soon, I’m unraveled (especially when I’m pressed for time) and it’s like, “JUST DO WHAT I ASKED ALREADY!!!"
It’s frustrating! Knowing a better solution and having a little person argue with you about what THEY want versus what’s actually best for the WHOLE family.
Every now and then, it reminds me of a story in the Bible, of Moses and the Burning Bush. God appears to Moses and calls to him from a burning bush. The God of the Universe. The God who made humanity. The same God was about to intervene and rescue His people from slavery. That SAME GOD was talking to Moses through that burning bush. The burning bush that burned but wasn’t consumed.
God plainly tells Moses that He has seen His people’s affliction and has heard their cry. He tells Moses of His plan to rescue His People AND…. God was choosing Moses to be part of this great plan. God was giving Moses purpose.
What great plan is God calling you to be a part of? What is your purpose? What is God telling you to do?
“Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10
Like my son, Moses was full of excuses, questions, and he did a bit of stalling.
- Who am I?- “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11
- Who are you?- “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘the God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘what is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” Exodus 3:13
- What if they don’t believe me?- “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘the Lord did not appear to you.’ Exodus 4:1
- I can’t speak well!- “O, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:10
- Send someone else!- “O, my Lord, please send someone else.” Exodus 4:13
It’s at this point that God gets angry. This was God’s “JUST DO IT ALREADY!” moment. God wasn’t looking to make Moses feel super comfortable. He had a plan. He had a big family of millions of people who were crying out to Him to rescue them and here was Moses, the leader God chose, whining about all these excuses when God had already planned all that out.
That’s something that is so easy to forget: God’s plan is complete. He doesn’t fly by the seat of His pants, he knows exactly what He is doing. He knows exactly what each step is. He knows every piece of our part in His plan, too. God isn’t unprepared when He calls us to do something scary.
So why are we procrastinating? Why are we stalling? Who are we hurting with our procrastination? Is there something that we just need to JUST DO ALREADY?!
Let’s stop procrastinating and start considering and submitting to God’s great plan. Let’s trust that God isn’t unprepared and that He has a plan, a PERFECT plan! The perfect plan for us. The perfect plan for those around us.
JUST DO IT ALREADY!
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What is God calling you to step into this year?