This is day 10 of 31 Days of Kintsugi.
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It must have seemed like it was too late.
Moses’ life had had a promising start- miraculously rescued from death as a baby and restored to his own family, then adopted by the Princess of Egypt and given a privileged upbringing in the palace.
Surely he was destined for greatness. Surely he had been saved for a reason and God had good plans for him.
But then it all went wrong.
His passion for justice spilled over into violence, a man was killed, and Moses had to flee for his life. He survived, but he was broken. Far away from the luxury of the palace, Moses was a shepherd in a foreign land. Surely God couldn’t use him now.
But God had other ideas, and so he burst into Moses’ ordinary day in the middle of a burning bush. He had a plan for Moses, and a task, a huge task- to go to Pharaoh and lead the Israelites to freedom.
Of course Moses protested. No-one would listen to him or believe him. Anyway, he wasn’t good with words- he was sure to get tongue-tied.
But in the end, he went and, as he stepped out, he saw that God could still use him- it wasn’t too late! In many ways the events of his past had prepared him perfectly for this task.
He had knowledge of the Egyptians and their ways and, despite the fact that he felt weak and tongue-tied now, it hadn’t always been that way.
“Moses was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful both in speech and action.” (Acts 7:22 NLT)
He cared deeply about the Israelite people and had a passion to see them set free.
But, most importantly, Moses had learned that he couldn’t do this task himself. With his previous confidence stripped away, he was actually in a better place to be used by God. Taking matters into his own hands, the consequences had been disastrous. Now, in his weakness and inadequacy, he knew his need of dependence on God.
As with Joseph’s story, we can see God at work in the mess of Moses’s story, weaving his golden threads through the midst of the brokenness, showing that God can use our past for good, that it’s never too late to be used by him, and that often our brokenness can become a positive thing because it rids us of self-reliance and turns us to God and his strength.
So today, if you feel broken, that your past has disqualified you, or that it’s too late for God to use you, why not pause and listen?
It might not be a burning bush, but maybe, just maybe, in the midst of this ordinary day you’ll hear God calling your name.
“Yes, you may feel unqualified, uneducated, untrained, under-gifted, or even unworthy. Yet those are excellent qualifications for God to do a mighty work.” (Charles Swindoll)