A moment

I was thinking about Moses today. Rest assured I will be making very few comparisons between myself and Moses but tonight I felt a kinship with him for a few moments. You see, I want to write about the Savior. I want to share what I know of Him and I want to understand Him better (that’s where you come in). And there is something very daunting about being a simple mama from Texas and wanting to write about Jesus Christ. And yet, I have seen His hand in my life in remarkable ways and if there is anything that I know of Him that might help you know Him better I would happily serve it up to you. Just know that all of my imperfections and insecurities will accompany the main course.

But back to Moses. He has a moment when He and the Lord are working out Moses’ job description. Now that I think about it, it’s the type of moment that occurs a number of times in the scriptures. Moses realizes what the Lord is asking Him to do and he is nervous, scared, and completely humbled by the magnitude of the task at hand. The Lord offers Moses some very poignant signs to help boost his faith a bit, but it seems like Moses still ends up feeling overwhelmed. And who can blame him? How do you acquaint other people with a Being you’re barely able to comprehend yourself? And how do you even begin to share His grace with others when you require so much of it? At this point, Moses points out some of the different weaknesses that he has. I wonder, in those moments, what was going on in his head? Was he just thinking aloud or did he really anticipate the Lord disqualifying him from the work. Did he assume the Lord would say “Oh, you’re right, I forgot about that slow of speech business, I’ll get someone else for this job.” Or did Moses think that his discomfort with vulnerability would be a just cause for releasing him from service? Did he think Heaven would say “Oh, you know, you’re right, people not agreeing with you, people laughing at you, that’s not something I want you to go through, don’t worry about it.” No. What He did was remind Moses, pointedly, of the Power that he was dealing with and He offered Moses the opportunity to see that Power extended further into his life. He offered Moses, His child, the chance to become more closely acquainted with the goodness that is God. And of course, Moses eventually accepted the invitation. And far from meaning a life of ease and plenty, the path that Moses undertook in that moment changed him in challenging and incredible ways. So, like him, I’m going to attempt something that seems beyond my reach and I’m going to have faith that I will not be about this work alone.

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8 thoughts on “A moment

  1. Is this my reward for staying up until 1:30 a.m.? I get to be the first to comment on your new blog? Consider me honored.

    I really loved reading your thoughts on Moses. I listened to a podcast the other day and the speaker was talking about how much she loved a particular prophet, not in spite of his weaknesses, but because of them. I think that one of the beautiful things about the idea of prophets (ancient and modern) is that it is another way that God demonstrates His love for us. He entrusts His most important work into our very human and often flawed hands. He knows that when we partner with Him, all things are possible. Sometimes we need to remember this.

    I can’t wait to read more. I always love your take on things.

  2. Lindsay! This is wonderful! I love your thoughts on Moses. I just finished Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk about the wonderful miracle of the priesthood. He talks about the granduer and majesty that the power is, and how he is trusting us with Hiw own power. His very power. How amazing and incredible. Just as He trusts us with raising His children, teaching them in our church callings, and leading His church. His trust and love in us is overwhelming at times, as Moses felt, but just as He assured Moses, He assures us that with Him, all things are possible. Through the Atonement of His son, all sin, weakness, hurt, pain, sorrow, emptiness, addiction can be overcome. Thank you for this blog and your undertaking it! I look forward to many more posts! :o)

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