Accepting the Invitation Instead of Making an Excuse

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So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:10-12
Finally he brought the family of the Matrites near man by man,[a] and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he could not be found. 22 So they inquired again of the Lord, “Did the man come here?”[b] and the Lord said, “See, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” 1 Samuel 10:21-22
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’;
for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
and you shall speak whatever I command you.”  Jeremiah 1:6-7

Moses, Saul, Jeremiah….me. We share much in common.
We are all share a Creator who has formed us to be image bearers. But fulfilling that task seems daunting at times.
Who am I to be the mouthpiece of the Lord? 
The “what ifs” echo in my head and make their way through my mouth. My tongue moves according to my thoughts rather than God’s voice which attempts to intervene.
I pause. God knows me. Everything; including my excuses.
God knew Moses, Saul and Jeremiah too. Everything; including their excuses.
And they weren’t enough and aren’t enough to prevent God’s purpose from being fulfilled through them or me.
How do I grasp that?
I cannot. But I can accept the invitation and trust that I am not alone.
And so can you.
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9 thoughts on “Accepting the Invitation Instead of Making an Excuse

  1. Tara

    Right? God uses all of us. I think of Mary receiving the invitation to bear the Christ child and the many you named. I’m in the 6 spot this week.

    1. Stephanie Post author

      I was going to bring her into it but my post went a different direction than I thought. She is inspiring as she accepted the invitation with gladness.

  2. Stephanie Neson

    Oh, my heart. “who am I to be a mouthpiece for the Lord?” … “including my excuses” … this is so an echo of myself. Fired, you are so gifted and the Lord uses you in so many ways. Of this, I am certain. Keep walking this difficult path. He is with you. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  3. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    This reminds me of a bit of dialogue from the classic film Zulu, telling the true story of a hundred Welsh Guardsmen who held off 4000 Zulu warriors.
    Private. Thomas Cole: Why is it us? Why us?
    Colour Sergeant Bourne: Because we’re here, lad. Nobody else. Just us.
    Sometimes that’s really it. It’s just us, and no one else.
    #1 at FMF this week.

    1. Stephanie Post author

      Andrew, I always appreciate your stories that are tied in to your comments. I am also so honored you stopped by. These are difficult days for you and the fact that you are still pushing forward is amazing.


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