I apologize I couldn’t post this blog sooner. I’m thankful, though, I was able to post this blog in the month of May.
I wanted to share an event that happened to me in March of this year. I was sitting in my car and I noticed a pretty little red lady bug was resting on my steering wheel.
The lady bug only stayed there for a minute; she opened her tiny wings and began to fly. I watched her intently as she flew around to different areas of my car interior. I thought to myself…
It didn’t matter how hard the lady bug flapped its little wings, it still was trapped! It still was limited where it could go.
Have you yourself ever been in a situation where you felt inadequate limited or trapped? I’m sure many of us have felt this way at least once in our lives. Some of us might have felt that we weren’t smart enough, talented enough, or strong enough to handle a certain task or project. I hear negative remarks like this from some of the students I work with in our elementary school. I even have heard this phrase many times, ” I can’t do this!” “This is too hard.” “I’m not smart.”
Where you ever in a serious situation that you didn’t see any way out?
It saddens me when children criticize themselves this way. We as adults should encourage our children. And yet, haven’t we, also had these very same thoughts. We might not have said them out aloud, but we still marinated in them.
Did you know that some of the men of the Bible also expressed their thoughts of inadequacies? Some women felt trapped, and thought their lives were over!
In the Book of Exodus, Chapter 4, God commanded Moses to free the Israelite slaves from the Egyptians. Before Moses accept his assignment, he asked God many questions. Moses wasn’t comfortable and in fact he was operating in a spirit of fear and doubt.
Finally, after God answered all of his questions and addressed his concerns, Moses still wasn’t ready. “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
God replied, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
Moses replied, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
God saw that Moses was still apprehensive, so he suggested that Aaron his brother could be his mouthpiece. Moses and Aaron began their journey en route to Egypt.
In the book of Judges, Chapter 6, the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
The Lord instructed him to fight the Midianites. ” Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of the Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?’
“Pardon me, my lord,”…but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
“I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” Gideon didn’t see himself as a “mighty warrior.”
In the Book of Kings, Chapter 4, there was a widow who was in a great deal of debt. She was so broke that one of his creditors had told her that he will have to take her two sons away and make them slaves. The prophet Elisha replied, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
The widow replied, “Your servant has “nothing” there at all, except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
The widow followed Elisha’s instructions exactly. She filled every jar, and then the oil stopped flowing. The widow left her home and told the prophet that she filled all the jars.
“Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
In Mark 6 , after Jesus learned that John the Baptist was killed, he withdrew by boat to a quiet place. The crowds followed him by foot. Jesus finally came up the shore and ministered to the people. It was getting dusk, and the disciples suggested to Jesus to, “Send people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
Jesus replied, “You give them something to eat.” The disciples could not figure out how they could feed so many people. They told Jesus they would have to spend, “more than half a year’s wages”.
“How many loaves do you have?”
The disciples told Jesus they had only five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus looked up to heaven and gave thanks and broke the loaves. The disciples distributed the food to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. There were twelve baskets left over.
These are just a few of the stories in the Bible where people felt inadequate, limited, or trapped. God told Moses and Gideon he would go with them. Elisha was a prophet that heard from God and he knew God was able to multiply the amount of oil. The disciples were with Jesus when he blessed the bread and fish.
In conclusion, yes we are human, and imperfect. However, remember God is always with us. We can accomplish great things or be delivered from impossible situations by his sovereign hand. Never lose hope, always trusts, always believe. Greater is he who is in us, then he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)